Regulations: Flying at Prime Time

After eight days of negotiations within earshot of Washington's busy National Airport, airline company officials last week adopted a plan to ease traffic at the six most heavily congested U.S. airports. The carriers agreed to shift an estimated 1,000 flights out of crowded, peak-period slots at major airports in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver.

Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole boasted that the new schedules, to take effect by Nov. 1, "will mean fewer delays for air travelers by assuring that fewer planes compete for the same gates and runways at the same time." Others are less optimistic. According to the...

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