By Josh Beckerman 
 

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to identify a single low-cost or ultra-low-cost airline to operate 16 peak afternoon and evening runway timings at Newark-Liberty International Airport.

"Opening up more slots at Newark to lower-cost carriers will provide air travelers with more choices and lower prices," the DOT said. A DOT press release didn't name United Airlines Holdings Inc., which has a Newark hub, but a notice of proposed reassignment says United operates many routes "on a monopoly basis."

The Justice Department, which in 2015 said United was seeking "monopolization" of Newark slots, said Thursday that it applauds the DOT's efforts to preserve competition. It said "competition in the airline industry--and at Newark airport in particular--is in critically short supply."

 

Write to Josh Beckerman at josh.beckerman@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

September 16, 2021 17:52 ET (21:52 GMT)

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