American and JetBlue close swap for JFK and Washington National slots

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways have closed a swap of slots at New York JFK International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.

Under the terms of the deal, American now has control of 12 slot pairs at JFK and JetBlue eight pairs at Washington National that they previously leased from each other. No change in either airlines schedule is expected as a result of the agreement.

The eight slot pairs at Washington National are part of the 52 pairs that American must divest at the airport under its settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in exchange for approval of its merger with US Airways. The merger closed in December 2013.

JetBlue confirms that the slots involved at Washington National are separate from the 12 slot pairs that it successful won in American’s auction of 44 pairs at the airport.