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Southwest, US Airways, JetBlue fight for open D.C. slots
Jacksonville Business Journal
by Michael Clinton, Web Producer
December 10, 2012
JetBlue is proposing roundtrip service between Jacksonville and Washington, D.C.
Three airways are jockeying for position to fill open flight slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. — with one outcome potentially lowering airfares at Jacksonville International Airport.
JetBlue Airways has proposed round-trip service between Jacksonville and Washington (DCA). US Airways has proposed adding daily nonstop service between Washington and Oklahoma City. Southwest made a bid to offer a daily round-trip service to Houston.
JetBlue and Southwest have each launched grassroots campaigns to gather community support for the service and encourage the U.S. Department of Transportation to select their proposal. See the Southwest petition here and the JetBlue petition here.
The airlines have submitted proposals to the DOT and if the DOT approves JetBlue’s proposal, it could result in lower airfares for those flights in Jacksonville.
Greg Willis, marketing research & communication specialist at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, sent me an email this morning alerting the Business Journal of the blog JetBlue has posted that asks Jacksonville residents to send an email to the address in the post.
“Were Jacksonville to get this nonstop service, it would mean two carriers serve DCA from Jacksonville (the other is US Airways), encouraging competition, and most likely, lower fares. This is good for business and leisure travelers alike,” he wrote in the email.