The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last week got a reprieve in what could prove a lengthy dispute over the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed auctioning of two flight slots at Newark Liberty Airport.

On Thursday, the FAA's general counsel, Kerry Long, granted a stay that stopped the auctioning of flight slots tomorrow while the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, an independent office within the agency, reviews a challenge to the proposed auction. The challenge was made by the Air Transport Association Inc., a trade group, and several airlines. The protesters claim that the FAA has no statutory authority to auction the slots.

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