A fight over the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to auction flight-slot leases at Newark Liberty Airport next week heated up yesterday when five airlines and a trade organization filed additional paperwork in a bid to halt the plan.

The Air Transport Association, a trade organization, and five airlines filed protests on Aug. 14 to the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, an independent office within the FAA, to stop the auction of two flight slots on Sept. 3. The protests asked for the ODRA to grant a stay to halt the auctions, but one has not been granted.

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