FCC plans to auction off NYC airspace flight slots

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June 18, 2008

Lawmakers are fighting the Bush administration's plan to combat flight delays by experimenting with New York City airspace.

The federal Aviation Administration came under withering criticism Wednesday morning at a hearing about the agency's plan to auction off some flight slots at New York's three major airports.

Last year, U.S. airports saw near-record flight delays, and experts say backups at New York's airports are responsible for between half and three-quarters of the entire nation's delays.

Representatives for the airline industry said the auction plan -- which has not been tried before at U.S. airports -- will not work and will instead impose major new costs on them at a time their businesses are already struggling to cope with rising fuel prices.

(Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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