In testimony before Congress last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s aviation director blasted a proposal by the federal government to cap the number of flights at the three New York City area airports and auction the slots.

“The administration has chosen to impose an approach that we, as the airport operator, think is not only illegal but also disastrous,” William R. DeCota said in prepared testimony. “We are concerned that the administration’s approach is fundamentally flawed, unworkable, unresponsive to the problem, and disruptive to the airport, to air carriers’ schedules, and ultimately, to the traveling public ... Auctions are not the solution.”

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