Court Blocks Plan to Auction Landing Slots at Area Airports

A plan to auction off some airport landing slots at New York area airports has hit another snag. WNYC's Marc Garber has more.

The Bush administration's plan to auction some of the slots at LaGuardia, JFK, & Newark has been blocked by a federal appeals court.

The DC court ruled the auction cannot be held until a federal court rules on objections from New York airport officials and airlines.

Widespread complaints last year about lengthy flight delays prompted Transportation Secretary Mary Peters' call for the auction as a way to reduce air traffic.

Airlines and the Port Authority filed suit saying the proposal would add new costs and make day-to-day airport operations even messier. The P-A and Senator Charles Schumer praised the court's decision. For WNYC, I'm Marc Garber.