NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In a speech before The Wings Club,
William R. DeCota, Director of Aviation for The Port Authority of NY & NJ
called upon the airlines, airports, the Government and other players in the
aviation industry to resolve to make positive change, and to come together to
make "this business work for the millions of people who rely on us."
Continuing DeCota spoke about the need for a new airport/airline/federal
partnership that would speak with a collective voice when advocating on
matters of funding and security, including the possibility of deregulating the
airports, while remaining sensitive to those who live, work and learn in
communities near airports.
"Airports must gain more of the regulatory freedoms now shared by the
airlines. Airports not only need the ability to build capacity enhancing
projects that environmental streamlining would help enable, but they also need
the other delay reducing tools like congestion pricing.
"This is the time for airport operators, with local government officials
and the communities they serve, to focus on restoring the freedom airports
need to operate both transportation facilities and successful businesses. As
Congress considers aviation reauthorization legislation they need to think
about sun setting airport economic regulation, allowing airports to raise
money and use it more flexibly for airport purposes."
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that preserves the history and perpetuates the traditions of aviation, The
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SOURCE The Wings Club