WASHINGTON March 2 The U.S. Transportation
Department on Thursday proposed awarding 24 slot-pairs at Mexico
City’s Benito Juarez International Airport to Alaska Airlines,
JetBlue Airways Corp, Southwest Airlines Co,
Volaris, and Grupo Viva Aerobus SAB de CV.
The tentative allocation of 24 slot-pairs at Mexico City
will result in new or additional low-fare service to 15 U.S.
cities, including Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston Hobby, Los
Angeles, New York-JFK, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington
The department also proposed awarding four slot-pairs at New
York-JFK to Interjet, Volaris, and VivaAerobus that will provide
new service to Mexico City. The slot-pairs were required to be
divested by Grupo AeroMexico SAB de CV and Delta
Air Lines Inc in December as a condition of antitrust
immunity for the airlines' joint venture covering air
transportation between the United States and Mexico.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)