The Department of Transportation likes “Congestion Pricing,” that is the latest solution to crowded airports and excessive delays which has landing fees rise or fall based on the time of day. In this way, it would cost more for an airline to operate during peak hours than during a far less congested time slot. The theory is that carriers will shift airplanes away from more popular and congested times of day to those when there is less traffic and less demand.
In a press release, the DOT says that, once plans are finalized, the policy will allow airports to “vary charges based on the time of day and volume of traffic.”
However, ATA President and CEO Jim May maintains that the DOT proposal does “nothing to fix the primary cause of delays — our nation’s increasingly antiquated air traffic control system.”
The policy change is not yet in effect. As required by law, it will remain open to public comment for 45 days before being finalized, or another 38 days.