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U.S. Department of Justice Says United and Continental Airlines Can Merge

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division issued a press release on August 27, 2010, stating that “in light of the agreement by United Airlines Inc. and Continental Airlines Inc. to transfer takeoff and landing rights (slots) and other assets … Continue reading

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U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation Holds Hearing on FAA’s NextGen and ATC Modernization Efforts

On March 18, 2009, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled “Air Traffic Control Modernization and the Next Generation Air Transportation System:  Near-Term Achievable Goals.” The Subcommittee and the FAA are placing much of their hopes and … Continue reading

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Several Amendments Made to H.R. 915, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009

On March 4, 2009, Rep. James Oberstar (D. Minn.), the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee offered several amendments to  H.R. 915, The “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009.” The following summary of the changes was provided: Funding of … Continue reading

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Legal Analysis of the FAA’s Slot Auction Rule for JFK and Newark Part 2

Analysis of Legal Issues Regarding Slot Auctions, Part Two. Having established previously that the FAA does not have specific authority to lease or otherwise dispose of slots, FAA turns to its general power to dispose of property in order to … Continue reading

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Legal Analysis of the FAA’s Slot Auction Rule for JFK and Newark Part 1

Pt. 1: Setting The Stage When the FAA adopted its slot auction rules for LaGuardia, JFK  and Newark Airports, it did so despite the fact that the GAO had issued a legal opinion stating that it believed that the FAA … Continue reading

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GAO Declares FAA Does Not Have Legal Authority to Auction Slots

The GAO, in a legal opinion issued September 30, 2008, declared that “FAA currently lacks the authority to auction arrival and departure slots, and thus also lacks authority to retain and use auction proceeds.”  This legal opinion came as a … Continue reading

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