Posted on: 05 December 2013 by Mark Howells
Southwest Airlines has acquired 12 takeoff and landing slots (for six roundtrip flights) at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the slots being divested by American Airlines as part of its merger with US Airways.
In addition, Southwest gained permanent control of 10 takeoff and landing slots (for five roundtrip flights) that it currently operates under a lease from American. Southwest plans to begin its new service at LGA in May 2014, details of which will be announced later.
"We are pleased the US Department of Justice approved our agreement with American Airlines to acquire these slots at LaGuardia," commented Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. "This is terrific news for low-fare customers who want greater access to New York City."
"We also look forward to bidding on the slots at Washington's Reagan National Airport (DCA) that American also is required to divest," Jordan added. "That will be conducted as a separate process, and was not a part of this slot bid."