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In 2008 the DOT awarded two slots to Spirit Airlines for daily non-stop service between Washington National Airport and Fort Lauderdale Airport. In July 2012 Spirit served notice to the DOT that they were abandoning their slots when the moved from DCA to BWI. The DOT made an announcement in the Regulations.gov docket DOT-OST-2000-7182 that the two “inside perimeter” slots are again up for bid. The DCA perimeter is a 1,250 miles. So an inside perimeter flight must be within 1,250 miles of DCA. Three airlines filed bids
US Airways filed a bid to start Oklahoma City – Washington DC
Southwest filed a bid to start Houston Hobby – Washington DC
and JetBlue filed a bid to Start Washington DC – Jacksonville FL continuing on to San Juan PR.
Previously several years ago US Airways and Delta did a slot swap between New York LA Guardia Airport and Washington National. This allowed Delta to develop a large operation at LGA and allow US Airways to increase the size of their DCA operation. Now I haven’t been in DCA since 2007 so I am not too familiar with the airport. So I wasn’t too sure of the size of US Airways operation there. However, because your truly is nerd I was reading Regulations.gov and I came across this:
Lufthansa’s sale of bmi to IAG (BA) has been conditionally approved. The combined airline will have to divest slots at LHR. For those that are heavily in the bmi program should think of burning their miles, lest they change into AVIOS miles.