Takeoff and landing slots may sound like a pie-in-the-sky concept, but they are not. A slot is the rough equivalent of a business license — it is the right to take off and land an an airport.
But who do the slots belong to? I ask because US Airways and Delta Air Lines are asking federal regulators to re-evaluate a ruling that made the airlines drop a planned slot swap in New York and Washington. The airlines think they should reconsider the move after Southwest and AirTran announced a merger.
What do you think? Should slots be allocated based on what’s best for passengers? Or airlines? Or is it a little bit of both?