Comments on: A simple plan to relieve airport congestion Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: upstater Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:34:43 +0000 Alfred Kahn: “Whenever competition is feasible, it is, for all its imperfections, superior to regulation as a means of serving the public interest.”

Kahn probably flew around during his last years in a private jet, eschewing the TSA and terrible service of all carriers.

Auctioning of slots sounds like a way to extract further rents out of the public from what had been a public utility (i.e., airspace and airports).

How service is “better” under deregulation is a mystery to us plebeians that have to travel for work. There is no need to enumerate all the deficiencies and discomforts of travel.

Let it suffice to say that the problem of “slots” would be a non-issue in a regulated environment; no more slots would be allowed than capacity available. Fares would be higher, insuring adequate recovery of costs and capital.

If a highly regulated system does not work, ask yourself that question next time you turn on the your lights. We don’t even think about service quality or question the cost of electricity. Then consider deregulated industries and what a shambles they have become for consumers and workers; only the lawyers are happy.