(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
April 16, 2008 
Statement by: 
Port Authority Regarding DOT/FAA Announcement to Implement an Auction
at LaGuardia Airport 
"Instead of modernizing a 1950s-era air traffic control system to
meet passenger demand for more flights, the DOT and FAA are choosing
to charge passengers more money via an auction without reducing
delays and delivering relief. The right solutions are increasing
capacity, rationalizing airline schedules and improving customer
"We're pleased the FAA is implementing one of the Port Authority
Flight Delay Task Force's key recommendations -- adding new traffic
lanes in the skies -- and we again call on the agency to enact the
more than 100 other recommendations of our Flight Delay Task Force,
recommendations that will help reduce delays without putting more
burdens on passengers. 
"But the DOT and FAA's actions today ultimately would reduce
choices for customers, make flying more expensive, and cut service to
small cities that otherwise have no flights to New York City." 
(bjh) NY 
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