An eleventh-hour plan the Bush administration had crafted to auction flight slots at New York City-area airports to the highest bidder has been halted, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

Citing a changed economic landscape and the controversial nature of the proposal, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed rescinding the plan to sell flight slots at airports owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, following a 30-day public comment period.

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