Will the madness never end?
We need more runways, and more efficient airspace use, and better ATC. We don't need to be artificially constraining capacity even more.
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I don't know if it's mentioned in this article, it was mentioned elsewhere that the lottery would take into account airlines who have already made significant infrastructure investments in their respective facilities at EWR and JFK.
This would protect CO at EWR, who have made Billions in improvements to their facilities in the course of the 20 years CO has been operating their EWR hub. AA who just completed a Billion Dollar investment in a new Terminal, and B6 who is in the midst of a very substantial Terminal redevelopment.
Why that is encouraging - as airlines like CO
should be "compensated" (in this hypothetical slot scheme) for the immense investment they've made - this has trouble written all over it. If the FAA only repossesses, say (and I'm just using these numbers for argument) 5% of the slots/take-off positions that CO
have, but repossess 10% of everyone else' slots/take-off positions, you'll have lawsuits, claims of unfair treatment, of bias against companies too small or too new to have had the equal opportunity to invest in their own terminals.
I agree that if
a slot repossession/reallocation system does come to pass, and if
airlines like CO
aren't as hard-hit by it because of their new terminals, the biggest loser will definitely be DL
already has pretty much the most to lose, along with B6
, at JFK
, as those two airlines alone are responsible for probably 50% - at least - of the new flying at JFK
in the last 2-3 years. If DL
has to give up more slots than AA
, I doubt they'll just accept that quietly without a fight, which is why I tend to doubt it will happen that way.