Delta-US, no Southwest

March 23rd, 2010 - Posted by Admin

Delta Airlines and US Airways have been trying to work out a deal for quite some time. They want to swap access to certain runways at Reagan International Airport in Washington D.C. and LaGuardia Airport in New York. However, the deal has been held up by federal regulators from the Department of Transportation, who say they are trying to prevent a monopoly from occurring.

Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. sought to win regulatory approval for their New York and Washington expansion plans by offering some takeoff and landing slots in the cities to four smaller carriers.AirTran Holdings Inc., Spirit Airlines Inc. and WestJet Airlines Ltd. would get as many as five slot pairs each from Delta at New York’s LaGuardia airport, while JetBlue Airways Corp. would receive access to Washington’s Reagan National from US Airways, according a Delta-US Airways statement yesterday.

One company is noticeably absent from the packages, Southwest. Is this because they are a competitor who is too strong? I’m curious.