If the European Commission has its way, the airport slot allocation process in Europe is set for a major overhaul to include much wider use of commercial mechanisms. Although a consultation outlining a range of proposals elicited a storm of protest from a broad cross-section of aviation interests, the EC remains determined to shake loose what some see as an ossified structure that protects incumbents at the expense of new entry and hurts competition. "Our key aim is to make the best ...

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