Airports Council argues against Delta-US Air swaping NY-DC landing rights

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"ACI-NA has advocated that slots should be treated as community assets that are used to benefit the airport/community of their location, and not the airlines,” Principato said in a statement. “As such, the interests of the operating airport proprietor should be considered in evaluating the treatment of a petition by air carriers for the exchange of slots.”

Because of congestion in the Northeast, federal officials regulate air traffic at LaGuardia, Washington National and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Principato said Wednesday that the companies who created the congestion at those airports should not be rewarded with expanded business at them.

“It is especially important that such market alternatives not be distorted by a system that allows those most responsible for creating congestion problems to achieve even greater economic benefits by being given property rights in new slots that are created at the very airports which their flights caused to become congested,” he said.

This post was clarified to show that Delta and U.S airlines are trading landing rights, not gates, at 5:34 p.m.