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Old Feb 9, 10, 6:16 pm
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flg8rmatt
 
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Originally Posted by jbird82 View Post
So what's your explanation on why the airlines don't seem thrilled about selling the slots?
Precisely. The airlines could give up the slots and still have a big majority at their respective "focus cities." But as was stated earlier, that would allow LCCs to jump in and get the vacated slots, thus driving fares down between DCA/LGA and larger destinations.

US doesn't have to fly 10 flights/day (or whatever the total is) between PHL and LGA. The could reduce the number to 7 and use larger aircraft, then use their 3 "new" slots to provide service between LGA and a smaller market if they cared so much about serving these small towns.
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