Delta Air Lines, US Airways Respond to U.S.
Department of Transportation and Federal
Aviation Administration Decision on New York-
Washington, D.C. Slot Transaction
May 04, 2010 07:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time
ATLANTA & TEMPE, Ariz.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and US Airways
(NYSE: LCC) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
and Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that they will reject the airlines’ modified proposal with
JetBlue Airways, AirTran Airways, WestJet and Spirit Airlines for a slot transaction at New York’s LaGuardia
Airport and Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
“We are disappointed the DOT and FAA rejected a proposal that would provide clear consumer benefits in both
the Washington, D.C. and New York markets. There are no winners in this decision – consumers lost, communities
lost and our employees lost. Even our competitors lost. The Delta-US Airways proposal also would provide
expanded access to JetBlue at Washington National Airport and to AirTran, WestJet and Spirit Airlines at New
York LaGuardia Airport. Upon review of the just-issued order, we believe the DOT and FAA’s decision is
inexplicable and has clearly exceeded their statutory authority. We intend to appeal this ruling to the U.S. Court of
As previously outlined by Delta and US Airways, the airlines' proposed transaction would add flights to a number of
cities from both the New York and Washington, D.C. markets.
In New York, Delta will add or preserve service to dozens of small- and medium-sized communities while adding
service in a number of markets not currently served by US Airways. The airline would also begin a multimillion dollar
construction program at LaGuardia to connect the existing Delta and US Airways terminals. Delta has estimated that
the transaction will generate as many as 7,000 new jobs in the New York City area driven by the construction of
new facilities and the addition