by Sandy Ikeda
A year ago the Bush administration proposed auctioning landing slots at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports in the New York region. Yesterday the Obama administration canceled these plans. From the NYT article:
“In proposing to rescind the auctions, the department noted that the rule making was highly controversial and that most of those filing comments opposed the slot auctions,” the Transportation Department said in a statement. “The Department also noted that circumstances have changed since the rules were issued, including changes in the economy.”
Among those opposed were the airlines themselves. The Bush administration argued the slots are the property of the FAA while the airlines claimed the slots belong to them, as reported in this NYT article from a year ago, which also noted that at London’s Heathrow the airlines were initially given the slots, some of which were then sold to American companies.
The Bloomberg administration of New York City, which last year lost its own bid to impose London-style tolls on vehicles entering Manhattan below Midtown, still favors the Bush plan.