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STATEMENT BY THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY AND NJ ON U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD'S DECISION TO RESCIND FLIGHT SLOT AUCTIONS

Date: May 13, 2009
Press Release Number: 56-2009

The Port Authority applauds Secretary LaHood's decision to cancel the previous administration's idea of auctioning off flight slots at New York-area airports to the highest bidder, which we long have argued would raise ticket prices with no improvements in service. Instead, the secretary is taking a common-sense approach to dealing with the metropolitan area's flight delays.

We share the secretary's concern about alleviating delays, which is why we have begun a broad-based National Alliance to Advance NextGen to replace 1950's era air-traffic technology with NextGen GPS technology, which will route planes much more efficiently. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration on ways to increase support and funding for vital air-traffic improvements.

For more information about the Port Authority's NextGen initiative, please log on to www.panynj.gov/NextGen.

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