I don't have a ton of occasions to offer unvarnished praise to Bush administration officials but Transportation Secretary Mary Peters' op-ed about airport congestion is right on the money. Her idea, basically, is that airlines should pay money in exchange for permission to use runways with the price being higher at high-demand times and lower at low-demand times. This is commonsense and should do something to mitigate the spike in delayed flights over the past couple of years, but incumbent airlines don't want to upset the status quo and are lobbying to keep the current flat-rate system in place.
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