The US Air Transport Assn. followed through on its threat and yesterday filed a lawsuit against FAA over its announced Sept. 3 auction of two slots, or one roundtrip, at Newark. Although the agency is auctioning only two EWR slots for a five-year lease, the move is viewed widely as a precursor to a much broader auction system it is considering implementing at both EWR and New York JFK (ATWOnline, Aug. 7). "FAA's claim that it can use its property management authority to auction slots is ...

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