The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday said it would block flights into the three airports serving the New York City metropolitan area that are allocated landing slots through an auction conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"Any flight that is allocated by the DOT and the [Federal Aviation Administration] by way of an auction process would be prohibited from using Kennedy, Newark, and La Guardia airports," said Bill DeCota, director of aviation at the authority. "What they are proposing to is so bad for our customers, from an air service perspective, it has no benefit to delays - we're just acting to protect our customers, so we think it's within our right."

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