Washington — Spirit Airlines is a valuable abandonment at Southwest Airlines' busy Newark Liberty International Airport Get a good takeoff and landing time at the airport near New York City.
The US Department of Transportation said Tuesday at an airport in Newark, NJ, that Spirit "is most likely to offer the lowest fares to the most consumers."
JetBlue Airlines — is trapped in a bid war with Frontier Airlines to buy the spirit — also gets 16 available slots Attempted, Alaska Airlines applied for four of them.
Southwest Airlines acquired takeoff and landing rights at a congested airport in 2010. This was 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 Airlines dropped Newark in 2019 to consolidate 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 jams.
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.