This week’s featured link:
Change of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Designation – Federal Register
Lost in the madness this week was a change to Newark’s designation. The upshot is that slots are effectively going away in October. Airlines will still need to get terminal and gate space and file proposed operations, but it’s in theory going to be easier for new entrants.
Why do this? Well, operations have become more reliable at the airport. With United’s slot usage apparently declining, the feds saw an opportunity to try to let more airlines get access. Remember, the Department of Justice had filed suit to prevent United from acquiring slots from Delta in Newark to prevent too much concentration. This rule change achieves that goal. In fact, the United purchase from Delta is off. (Delta, however, long ago closed on its counter-transaction to get United’s slots at JFK.)
Pretty slick move by the feds here, though we’ll have to see if it negatively impacts ops at Newark.
Two for the road:
Virgin America Can Help Alaska Airlines Up its Game on Several Fronts – Fortune
Here’s a view that Alaska should have taken Virgin America’s brand and could learn a lot. I disagree. Some people are getting hung up on Alaska being too “regional” sounding. To that I say… Southwest.
Calling All Jetblue Virgins – JetBlue
Clever, JetBlue. Clever. Time to start swaying the hipsters and techies who are crying over the loss of Virgin America.