The Justice Department sued United to block it from increasing its already-dominant position at Newark Airport by buying slots from Delta. United backed off; it wasn't going to win this argument.
Chinese aviation authorities aren't exactly being welcoming toward United's expansion plans in Shanghai although this could be part of the regular back and forth in negotiations over slots.
After settling with OneWorld in 2010, EU antitrust negotiators turned their attention to SkyTeam and now have made peace.
The Justice Department is absolutely right to bar Delta from taking some of the available slots at Love Field. Substituting one of the largest global airlines there for another doesn't make much sense.
American has $10.3 billion in cash, some of which can be used to speed its integration with US Airways. Too bad United doesn't have some more cash hanging around.
Let's hope winning bidders will inject a little more competition into Reagan National and help maintain service to smaller communities.
Until the slots sales are settled, the battle to save the lone direct flight from Sarasota-Bradenton to Reagan National will be played out at smaller communities and airports across the country.
Greedy, greedy, greedy. Keeping the bidding to low-cost carriers would indeed inject some competition into airports where it is at times sorely lacking, as well as protect consumers that the U.S. Justice Department said it was looking out for in the American/US Air lawsuit.
The last time slots opened up at LaGuardia, Southwest wasn't a successful bidder. If DCA slots open up, and LaGuardia slots again become available, you can expect Southwest to go all in.
Does one sniff a big US Airways-American Airlines lobbying effort under way? Although the merger would enhance the new American Airlines' dominant position at Reagan National, lawmakers obviously don't want to mess with their flights home. Shocking (not).