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US approves Southwest, Virgin for LaGuardia slots

 

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DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer


DALLAS (AP) — The government will let Southwest Airlines and Virgin America buy takeoff and landing rights at New York's LaGuardia Airport that American Airlines and US Airways agreed to sell to win approval for their merger.

The airlines disclosed Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration had approved transfer of the rights, which are also called slots, earlier this week.

Slots are limited at the busy airport near Manhattan, making them a coveted item when they go on the market.

Last month, American and US Airways agreed to give up some of their slots at LaGuardia and Washington's Reagan National Airport to settle an antitrust lawsuit that the Justice Department filed to block their merger.

Southwest will get to keep the rights for five takeoffs and landings per day that it was already leasing from American and gain enough slots for six more daily flights. Virgin America will get enough slots for six flights per day.

In an order approving the transfers, FAA acting chief counsel Marc Warren said they were in the public interest and wouldn't reduce safety.

Dallas-based Southwest already operates at LaGuardia, but Virgin America does not. The California-based airline flies to Los Angeles and San Francisco from Newark, N.J., and to those cities plus Las Vegas from New York's Kennedy Airport.

Virgin had expressed interest in anything that American and US Airways would be forced to give up, including LaGuardia rights, said spokeswoman Abby Lunardini. She said that the airline would announce more details on where it will fly from LaGuardia in the coming weeks. Southwest did not have an immediate comment.

No announcement has been made on who will get to buy the Reagan National slots. American and US Airways also agreed to give up gates at five other airports — Los Angeles International, Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare, Miami and Dallas Love Field.

The Justice Department sued in August to block the American-US Airways merger, which will create the world's biggest airline, saying that the deal would reduce competition and cause prices to rise. When it settled the lawsuit before trial, the department said that the takeoff and landing rights and gates that American and US Airways were giving up should go to low-cost airlines and not to big, so-called legacy carriers such United and Delta.
 

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