U.S. Should Auction Air Routes

Let the highest-bidding airline fly from LA to Beijing.

Which airline will get to fly here from LA?

Photographer: Tian Baoxi/FZWB/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

The Department of Transportation is in the process of deciding which U.S. airline should be awarded new nonstop routes between Los Angeles and Beijing. When you think about it, that’s a bit bizarre: Why decide the question administratively, when the agency could simply auction off the slots?

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