This paper is a discussion of a paper concerning allocation of airport runway slots. Three demand management techniques for allocation of available capacity among users during peak-demand periods are cited: peak-hour pricing, auctioning of available capacity, and development of artificial allocation mechanisms. He criticizes the author for focusing only on the third alternatives and discusses the three options at length. He feels that author's approach too narrow and does not meet the needs of the air transportation system as it now exists and that it is overly protective of the existing carriers and discriminates against the entry of new competitors. He agrees with the author in rejecting the peak hour pricing alternative as being combersome and costly. He does advocate the auctioning of slots, for several reasons: it reflects the nature of the joint demand for facilities and the nature of the joint demand for facilities and the nature of the industry, it does not protect the existing carriers at the expense of new entrants into a market, it avoids the necessity of developing an artificial slide mechanism, it takes into account passenger preference, and it places primary reliance on the forces of the market. The author opposes the auction approach on the grounds that it does not guarantee the best use of slots and that it might cause inequity. The writer rejects the former criticism as being false and the latter as irrelevant.

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  • Accession Number: 00331261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM