Perimeter Rules At DCA And LGA
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:32 pm
What is the point of the 1,500 mile perimeter rule at LGA and the 1,250 mile perimeter rule at DCA? I understand that both airports are slot restricted, but why shouldn't US Airways or any other airline be allowed to use some of the slots it already has to fly more lucrative routes, such as DCA-SFO nonstop or LGA-LAX? If they can do it, shouldn't they be allowed to. They allow Delta to fly 1,800+ miles to SLC from DCA and America West and Alaska to PHX, LAS, and SEA. They may call it encouraging competition, but it seems to me more like playing favorites. And the runway length obviously isn't the issue. I also understand that they want competition to exist with IAD and JFK and EWR, but is there anything else behind this that someone could shed some light on because to me it just doesn't make sense. Thanks.