Ray LaHood, President Barack Obama's choice for Secretary of Transportation, told the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he is committed to upgrading to the NextGen air traffic management system and is against the recently suspended slot auctions at New York area airports (ATWOnline, Dec. 23, 2008). "I know this NextGen stuff is expensive, but we have to do it," LaHood was quoted as saying. Regarding New York, he said, "I ...

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