ATA, IATA Slam Virgin's Call For Special JFK Treatment
Virgin America is attracting criticism from airline industry groups after the airline urged FAA to give special treatment to new-entrant carriers during proposed capacity regulation at New York Kennedy Airport.
The Air Transport Association rejected Virgin's "self-serving" plea to be exempted from flight reductions at JFK, while the International Air Transport Association said Virgin is incorrect when it argues that the group's world scheduling coordination system is unfair to new entrants.
Virgin said it is "essential in the context of JFK schedule reductions that the FAA...continue to set aside an adequate number of [slots] for new entrants and limited incumbents." The airline also argues that "airlines that contributed the most to JFK congestion" should give the most...by reducing their schedules.
ATA responded that Virgin essentially wants to "implement its business plan of skimming the cream of domestic passenger traffic between capacity-constrained JFK and other high-density domestic destinations without meaningful restriction of any sort." Further, Virgin "asserts an entitlement to pursue its planned expansion of service at JFK notwithstanding the sacrifice that would be required of other carriers who have invested substantial resources to develop service at JFK."
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