DOT wants to open Mexico City up to U.S. low-cost airlines JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airlines would be among big winners in DOT proposal.
These slots are a result of a DOT requirement that Delta and Aeromexico give up at Mexico City and JFK in order to win approval for a joint-venture business relationship.
In exchange for the approval, the department required the airlines to surrender government permits for 24 pairs of takeoffs and landings at Mexico City’s airport and additional slot pairs at JFK.
Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest tentatively received multiple slots to add service at Mexico City’s main international airport. JetBlue received six “slot pairs” while Alaska and Southwest each got four.