Southwest bids for ATA slots at New York LaGuardia

In a move that reversed its long-held aversion to crowded markets, Southwest Airlines on Wednesday bid $7.5 million for the LaGuardia slots controlled by its bankrupt partner, ATA Airlines. If successful, Southwest could become a major competitor to Delta Air Lines, USAirways and American Airlines, which all have substantial operations at LaGuardia. The move is not without risks, as LaGuardia's chronic delays could increase costs and hurt the Southwest brand. But Bob Montgomery, Southwest's vice president of properties, believes those risks can be minimized. "We can effectively isolate [LaGuardia] and make sure delays don't flow down," he said.

View Full Article in:

Wall Street Journal, The · AviationWeek.com · Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) · TravelPulse

Published in Brief:

SmartBrief Job Listings for Transportation

Job Title Company Location
Technical Lead
Hawaiian Airlines
Honolulu, HI
Director, Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Arlington, VA
Strategic Relationship Manager, Industry Partnerships (Tier II)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Reston, VA
Sales Manager
Seaborne Airlines
San Juan
Fuel Operations Manager
Aircraft Service International Group
Chicago, IL