Spirit receives take-off and landing rights at Newark Airport

WASHINGTON — Spirit Airlines gets valuable takeoff and landing times that Southwest Airlines gives up at busy Newark-Liberty International Airport near New York City.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that Spirit at the Newark, NJ airport “will most likely offer the lowest fares for most consumers.”

JetBlue Airways — which is embroiled in a bidding war with Frontier Airlines to buy Spirit — was also trying to get the 16 available slots, and Alaska Airlines bid for four of them.

Southwest acquired the take-off and landing rights at the congested airport in 2010 after the Justice Department asked United Airlines to grant them as a condition of its purchase of Continental Airlines. United is still the dominant airline in Newark. Southwest shut down Newark in 2019 to consolidate its regional service at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Federal officials are restricting take-off and landing rights at major airports in New York and Washington to avoid gridlock.

The Department of Transportation said Spirit has had to report more than the usual amount of information about disruptions in Newark due to concerns about canceled and delayed flights. Spirit receives take-off and landing rights at Newark Airport


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