US to slot Newark Airport to low-cost carrier
WASHINGTON DC: The Department of Transportation announced it would allow a single low-cost or ultra-low-cost carrier to operate afternoon and evening flights from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey , with the aim of reducing tariffs.
Southwest Airlines had previously been allocated the coveted take-off and landing slots, which have a capacity of eight daily round trips, but it ended operations at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2019 to consolidate its flights in the New York area at LaGuardia Airport.
The move, which Assistant Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg says will give passengers more choice and lower prices, follows a Federal Court victory by Spirit Airlines over the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year.
The FAA has been sued by Spirit, which plans to expand operations in Newark, after the airport planned to cut off southwest take-off and landing slots to ease congestion.
New York-based JetBlue also welcomed the decision and confirmed its intention to seek the rights.
“JetBlue has long advocated for more opportunities for smaller carriers to grow and compete with traditional carriers, especially at congested airports in the great city of New York,” airline spokesman Philip said. Stewart.
“One of the most common requests from our customers is the increase in JetBlue services at the three major airports in the New York metro area,” he added.