Tue, Dec 07, 2004
Atlantic Southeast Airlines Will Fly Jackson, MS To Reagan
The DOT Monday awarded two daily
slot exemptions to Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) to provide one
new daily round-trip flight between Jackson, MS and Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport.
The exemptions were made available when AirTran Airways
discontinued service between West Palm Beach, FL and Reagan
Washington National in July. The carrier was operating two of the
24 Reagan Washington National exemptions created by the Wendell H.
Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century
(AIR-21), enacted in April 2000. The exemptions to the slot
limitations at Reagan Washington National were created to promote
airline competition and enhance air service to the nation’s
capital. One slot or slot exemption permits one daily takeoff or
landing. Two are required for one round-trip flight.
In addition to ASA, the Department received applications from
Spirit Airlines, for service from Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers or
West Palm Beach, FL, and Northwest Airlines, for service from Des
In its decision, DOT said that the proposal of ASA, which
operates as Delta Connection, met two key criteria of AIR-21 for
award of slot exemptions: service to a community without nonstop
service to Reagan Washington National, and service to a small
community. While Northwest’s proposal met the same criteria,
the department noted that Northwest already holds a large number of
slots at the airport that it leases to other carriers, while Delta
Air Lines, for whom ASA will operate feeder service, would have to
cancel an existing service in another market in order to provide
the proposed service to Jackson because it is operating all of the
slots it holds. Spirit’s proposal met fewer of the AIR-21
criteria than the other carriers’, the Department said.
ASA must begin its new service by Feb. 28, 2005.
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