Aviation News

July 21, 2011

Feds Approve Controversial Slot Swap Between Delta and US Airways

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , , ,

The US Department of Transportation on Thursday announced a tentative approval of a deal proposed by Delta Air Lines and US Airways to exchange landing and takeoff rights at airports in New York and Washington, DC — a deal originally blocked by regulators citing anti-competition concerns.

Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport

Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport. (Photo by Matt Molnar)

Approval comes nearly two years after the airlines originally announced a plan to exchange slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Washington’s Reagan National Airport. The interim included a lawsuit filed by Delta and US Airways against the federal government and several rounds of proposed compromises flying back-and-forth between government regulators and the airlines.

The government’s tentative approval essentially green lights the most recent compromise offered by the airlines, in which Delta will receive 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia while US Airways will get 42 slot pairs at Reagan National. Delta would become the largest carrier at LaGuardia and US would extend their lead at Reagan. To preserve some competition, they will be forced to sell eight slot pairs at DCA and 16 at LGA in a blind sale including only bidders who have little or no service at each airport.

Atlanta-based Delta and Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways released a joint statement applauding the approval and reiterating their commitment to the plan. “Upon final approval we intend to move forward with the plan, as conditioned by the department, which will enhance competition and allow the airlines to improve service, consumer choice, modernize facilities and create jobs at both airports,” said the airlines.



About the Author

admin





 
 

 

Friday Photos: The NYCAviation/PHX Spotters LAX Meetup Is Next Month!

With the 4th Annual NYCAviation & PHX Spotters Meetup about a month away, we take a look at photos from the various spotting locations around LAX.
by NYCAviation Staff
0

 
 

CLOSED: Winter Storm Stella Takes Aim at Northeastern US and Eastern Canada

Winter Storm Stella is taking aim at the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada early this week. We'll have your latest updates on the storm and its impact on air travel here.
by NYCAviation Staff
0

 

 

Proud in the Turboprop Crowd

In the early morning hours of May 18, 2013, US Airways Flight 4560 made a wheels-up landing at Newark Liberty International Airport. Here is an account of how the crew flying N934HA prepared for and executed a safe emergency la...
by Brian Futterman
0

 
 

Or How About We Cut Delta Some Slack?

Well, that power outage turned into a mess. But as much as the "big bad airlines" can disrupt our plans, are we going too hard on Delta?
by Phil Derner Jr.
1

 
 

PHOTO TOUR: Qatar Airways A380 Visits Atlanta

Step onboard as we take a tour of Qatar Airways A380 during a recent visit to Atlanta.
by Ben Granucci
0