A US Court of Appeals recently granted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s motion requesting a stay of the controversial slot auctions at New York JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports that FAA scheduled to start next month. The decision may scuttle the Department of Transportation’s plans to launch the auction process prior to the 20 January transition in presidential administrations. The Air Transport Association (ATA) and Continental Airlines also filed motions requesting a stay. “We are pleased that the US Court of Appeals today recognised the irreparable harm that auctions would have caused passengers,” ATA president and CEO James May said. “The Court’s ruling puts a firm halt to the Dept. of Transportation’s ill-advised, illogical auction scheme,” which would have resulted in higher fares, lower service levels and a confiscation of airline property, he said.