Last month the DOT established proceeding to reallocated of two former Spirit Airlines within perimeter (1,250 miles) Air-21 slot exemptions at DCA.
Under the Air-21 rules the departments selection criteria consist of;
• New entrant air carriers or limited incumbent air carriers (hold fewer than 40 slots at DCA)
• Service to communities without existing nonstop air transportation to DCA.
• Service to smaller communities.
• Provide competitive nonstop air service on a monopoly DCA route.
• Produce competitive consumer benefits including low fares.
Applications were due yesterday December 5, 2012.
Following were received:JetBlue
JetBlue proposes to introduce low fare competitive service in the DCA - Jacksonville, FL market, currently a monopoly market operated by US Airways the dominant carrier at DCA. JetBlue proposes to utilize 150-seat A320 equipment.
JetBlue states the plan to introduce competitive service in this market should provide consumers average airfare savings of 20-30% based on its experience with other DCA markets.
Southwest applies for the slot exemptions in order to provide low-fare service between DCA and Houston, one of the largest and most over-priced monopoly routes at DCA. Southwest proposes to utilize 737 equipment with service to Hobby airport along with beyond connectivity to potentially 42 additional cities.
Southwest projects its single flight would generate $19.1mil in annual consumer savings over current market fares charged by United Airlines.
US Airways, proposes to inaugurate the first-ever nonstop service between DCA and Oklahoma City using 99-seat 2-class E190 equipment.
US Airways states its proposal fully meets the departments goals as it would not replicate current service, but would provide access to a community without existing nonstop service to DCA.http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5628616/