New slots are being awarded to Mexico City and at least 3 airlines are wanting them.
These are slots that Delta and Aeromexico must surrender under the terms of the antitrust immunity approval they received from the Department of Transportation in December.
24 of the slots are at Mexico City Airport and 4 are at New York JFK. The DOT has ruled that those landing rights must go to low-cost carriers to boost competition.
Alaska has applied for 4 slots saying they would fly twice a day from LAX and once a day from San Diego and San Francisco.
Southwest also has asked for 4 slots offering to do two daily roundtrips from Houston Hobby and once a day from LAX and Ft. Lauderdale.
Jetblue asked for 6 slots offering to serve with two flights a day from LAX, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.
Interjet, Viva Aerobus and Volaris have applied for 17 slots from Mexico City and 5 from JFK. All said the slots from JFK would serve Mexico City.
Viva Aerobus asked for 11 slots and Volaris asked for 12 and Interjet just one from Mexico City.
From Mexico City those 3 propose service to serve Chicago, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Oakland, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Denver, San Jose and Ontario, Calif.
The DOT said it would select the applications that provide the maximum competitive benefit at each airport. The slots will be turned over to the chosen carriers in two phases. Fourteen Mexico City slots and two Kennedy slots will be for flight operations that are to commence this summer.
The remaining 10 Mexico City slots and two Kennedy slots are to go toward flights that would begin in the summer 2018.
The DOT expects to award the slots by May 17.