Office of the Chief Counsel
DCA/LGA Slot Reallocation
Reallocation of Slots at Ronald Reagan Washingtion National Airport (DCA) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
On October 7, 2011, the Secretary of Transportation and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration granted, with conditions, a joint waiver request by Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) and US Airways, Inc. (US Airways) from the prohibition on purchasing operating authorizations (slots) at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), 76 FR 63702 (Oct. 13, 2011) (the Waiver)
. The Waiver permitted Delta and US Airways 30 days to accept the terms of the Waiver. They accepted by joint letter on October 12, 2011.
Among the conditions of the Waiver, the Secretary and Administrator require Delta and US Airways collectively to dispose of 16 slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and 32 slots at LGA. Those divested slots will be reallocated in one slot bundle for DCA and two slot bundles (of 16 slots each) for LGA to eligible new entrant and limited incumbent carriers, 76 FR 65773 (Oct. 24, 2011) (the Procedures)
The divesting carriers have advised the FAA that the transfer of the divested slots to each purchaser will be subject to and conditioned upon the closing of the transactions contemplated under the asset purchase and sale agreement entered into between Delta and US Airways, which provides for, among other things, the transfer by US Airways to Delta of 132 slot pairs (265 slots) at LGA and the transfer by Delta to US Airways of 42 slot pairs (84 slots) at DCA. Click here for a complete description of the procedures and timelines for that reallocation (PDF)
THE BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED