“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”
FAA congestion pricing plan draws opposition
An FAA proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a "bad idea," according to the National Business Aviation Association. The key element of the FAA's proposal is to allow a two-part landing fee based on operations and aircraft weight. The NBAA believes that letting airports impose the two-part fee would make it easier to limit smaller aircraft traffic, including business aviation operations, and create incentives for airlines to use larger aircraft. The National Air Transportation Association, meanwhile, said the FAA should focus on "runway expansions and airport improvements to aid traffic flow at the most congested airports."