kavok
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DCA “Protected Routes”

Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:24 pm

There seem to be a number of “protected routes” from DCA to random cities throughout the USA. I am not sure the technical term for these routes, or if they are assigned to specific slots, but I am very curious to learn more.

Is there a list of these routes somewhere? And are they assigned to a slot (i.e. is DL required to use one of their slots only on DCA-LEX for example)? Or are they purely political (in that DL choses to fly DCA-LEX to appease some politician)?

Ones that immediately come to mind are DL: DCA-LEX/MSN/OMA. They seem to either be to State Capital cities, or the prominent airport in less populated states. UA doesn’t really seem to have any, and AA is hard to tell which ones they may have, given the many destinations offered through their DCA hub. Is DCA-CMH on WN one also, and do other carriers have such slots? Anyway, if more information could be shared, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
 
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:32 pm

They’re called Air21 slots. Google should turn up some info/examples but I’ve never seen a full list.
 
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:42 pm

kavok wrote:
Ones that immediately come to mind are DL: DCA-LEX/MSN/OMA.


As I recall, these are not actually DL Air21 slots but rather Republic and Republic decided to fly the routes on behalf of DL as opposed to AA.
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:47 pm

alasizon wrote:
kavok wrote:
Ones that immediately come to mind are DL: DCA-LEX/MSN/OMA.


As I recall, these are not actually DL Air21 slots but rather Republic and Republic decided to fly the routes on behalf of DL as opposed to AA.


I think both may be true. IINM, DL had some Air21 slots that they could not trade in the DCA/LGA slot swap with US. I believe LEX was one of those and there may be one or two others. OMA is an old Midwest route and is very likely YX's slot. I cannot recall about MSN. Did DL fly DCA-JAN with an Air21 slot for a while after the slot swap? Not sure why that sticks in my mind.
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:30 pm

Cubsrule wrote:
alasizon wrote:
kavok wrote:
Ones that immediately come to mind are DL: DCA-LEX/MSN/OMA.


As I recall, these are not actually DL Air21 slots but rather Republic and Republic decided to fly the routes on behalf of DL as opposed to AA.


I think both may be true. IINM, DL had some Air21 slots that they could not trade in the DCA/LGA slot swap with US. I believe LEX was one of those and there may be one or two others. OMA is an old Midwest route and is very likely YX's slot. I cannot recall about MSN. Did DL fly DCA-JAN with an Air21 slot for a while after the slot swap? Not sure why that sticks in my mind.


I think this is correct.

OMA and MSN were former Midwest routes that Republic picked up during the acquisition and subsequent shut-down of Midwrst They were flown by Frontier for a while, and then moved to Republic metal under the Delta banner when F9 was spun off.
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:23 am

UA has SFO-DCA so does AS
 
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:47 am

Very interesting, and thanks to all for the information. I had no idea about the “Air21” term.
 
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Re: DCA “Protected Routes”

Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:54 am

COSPN wrote:
UA has SFO-DCA so does AS


That's a beyond perimeter slot, not an Air21 slot.
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