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FAA IMPROVES ADMINISTRATION OF SLOTS AT FOUR BUSY AIRPORTS DURING AIRCRAFT DEICING PROGRAMS

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acted today to ensure that takeoff and landing "slots" for airlines at four of the nation's busiest airports will not be adversely affected by the agency's new deicing program.
 Slot allocations allow a carrier to take off or land at airports where limits have been imposed on air traffic because of congestion. Slot limits have been imposed at New York's LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy, Chicago's O'Hare and Washington National airports.
 As of Jan. 1, 1993, a revision of the existing slot rules require airlines holding slots to use them 80 percent of the time during any two-month period or be in jeopardy of losing them, up from 65 percent under the previous requirement. This "use or lose" provision in the rule is designed to promote growth and competition.
 Today's action was taken in response to concerns that the new deicing rule could cause the loss of slots. This rule, among other provisions, establishes limits on how long and under what conditions an airplane can be exposed to snow or freezing rain before it has to be inspected or deiced again.
 "The FAA acknowledges that there may be delays associated with the new rule, especially if aircraft return for a second deicing," said FAA Administrator Thomas C. Richards. "However, no operator will be forced to lose a slot that has been adversely affected by deicing."
 The FAA's action allows aircraft operators to designate, in their "use or lose" reports submitted to the agency, slots that were adversely affected by deicing programs. The FAA will not count the non-use or late use of a slot upon verification of a deicing program that has adversely affected an operator.
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 /CONTACT: F. Jones of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/


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