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Old Apr 26, 16, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by mnbp View Post
DOT cares about the travelling public, not individual carriers. It seems clear that the travelling public would be better served by three viable carriers / joint venture partnerships serving HND vs two. For this reason the DL case for three slot pairs seems the only way DOT could balance the US48-HND market. If DOT doesn't award DL three slots, wouldn't that leave only two carriers / partnerships serving the vast majority of the US48-HND market? What would that do to prices? That would be DOTs main concern I believe.
Exactly. I am pretty sure that the DOT doesn't carry a grudge as some here think they should.

As to the idea that they would seek to balance USA-TYO and not USA-HND... Well, nothing is stopping AA or UA from serving NRT if they don't get HND slots.

Personally, I think they should auction the authorities. That would be the best way to ensure you get the carriers that want it the most. And it pads the coffers of the DOT while you are at it. Win-win.

Last edited by pbarnette; Apr 26, 16 at 11:32 am
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