US DoT to award 16 slots at New York Newark Liberty International Airport to LCC or ULCC

    US Department of Transportation (DoT) issued (16-Sep-2021) a notice to the Federal Register of its intention to award 16 former Southwest Airlines slots at New York Newark Liberty International Airport to an LCC or ULCC (Bloomberg/Reuters, 17-Sep-2021). The move follows US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, which instructs federal agencies to take action to promote innovation, competition and economic growth. DoT Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg stated: “Opening up more slots at Newark to lower cost carriers will provide air travellers with more choices and lower prices… DoT’s action today is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s broader effort to create a more competitive economy that benefits the American consumer”. [more – original PR]

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