AA has requested an appeal hearing with the City of Long Beach in the next 2 weeks about being denied permanent slots. Part of the city's airport slot ordinance, the appeal is the next step in a multi-hearing process. My expectation is that AA will use the entire hearing process before filing suit against the city.
Airline appeals airport denial
By Felix Sanchez
American Airlines has appealed Long Beach Airport's decision to deny a request for permanent flight slots and has asked for a hearing.
In a letter dated Thursday and faxed to airport manager Chris Kunze, American Airlines vice president for capacity planning Walter J. Aue said the passenger carrier wants a hearing as soon as possible.
Under the city of Long Beach's airport ordinance there is a provision for appeals of decisions involving flight slots and other airport regulations. American wants a hearing within 14 days.
American has requested four daily flight slots to begin service to Chicago and New York City. But the city said there are no spots available among the 41 daily flight ordinances set as a cap for the airport.
In the interim, American has accepted the use of temporary banked slots - those held by an airline but not being used - to begin the new flights.
JetBlue Airways has the majority of airport slots, 27 daily, but only uses three. JetBlue executives say all 27 will be in operation by May 2003.
American wants the hearing to "contest the legality of the city's agreement with JetBlue and the locally imposed slot constraints," Aue wrote.
A hearing will be set between American officials and Kunze. There are also provisions for subsequent appeals hearings with the city manager and the City Council.
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