Washington (AP) — Spirit Airlines gets valuable takeoff and landing times that Southwest Airlines has abandoned at the busy Newark Liberty International Airport near New York City.
The US Department of Transport said Tuesday at an airport in Newark, NJ, that Spirit “is most likely to offer the lowest fares to the most consumers.”
JetBlue Airlines — This is Trapped in a bidding war I bought the Spirit with Frontier Airlines — I tried to get 16 available slots, but Alaska Airlines applied for 4 of them.
Southwest Airlines acquired takeoff and landing rights at a crowded airport in 2010 after the Justice Department requested United Airlines to give them as a condition of purchase for Continental Airlines. United is still the dominant airline in Newark. Southwest dropped Newark In 2019, we will integrate area services at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Federal authorities have restricted takeoff and landing rights at large airports in New York and Washington to avoid traffic congestion.
The Department of Transportation said it needed to report more information than usual about the turmoil in Newark due to concerns about flight cancellations and delays.