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Experts argue over need for new airport

The San Diego Airport Authority listened to dueling experts today. They argued over whether San Diego really needs a new airport. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Dr Richard Carson, of UCSD argues Lindbergh Field could handle growing air traffic if it encouraged airlines to use bigger planes. He says it could do that by selling time slots for planes to land and take off.

Carson: "If you price those slots appropriately, over time you'll get the same service or better service than we've got now."

But Dr. Seth Young of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University says airlines find smaller planes and more frequent, non- stop flights are what people want. He says selling time slots at Lindbergh would restrict that.

Young: "But then you're forcing them into a model that we've proven to be economically inefficient so if you wanna have profitable efficient airline the economical thing to do it provide facilities to accommodate it."

Airport Authority members said selling time slots would only be a stop gap measure to postpone the inevitable day when Lindbergh reaches capacity. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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