Colgan mulls fate of LaGuardia slots

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Regional airline Colgan Air is evaluating the eight slots it owns at New York's LaGuardia airport as it prepares to end Saab 340B pro-rate operations for US Airways at that facility next year.

Colgan will pull out of LaGuardia on 3 January in connection with the US Airways and Delta Air Lines slot swap, which is pending approval by US regulators.

US Airways agreed in the third quarter to transfer 125 pairs of its LaGuardia Express slots to Delta, while the Atlanta-based US majorcarrier plans to transfer 42 pairs of its slots at Washington National airport to US Airways.

While Colgan utilises some of US Airways' slots for the pro-rate venture, the airline also owns eight slots, for which it is determining use after 3 January, an airline spokesman says.

Colgan currently operates three Saabs and utilizes a fourth aircraft as a spare at LaGuardia.

In addition to making a decision about its slots, the airline is also evaluating new pro-rate markets for a 2010 spring or early summer launch, Colgan parent Pinnacle Airlines Corp CFO Peter Hunt said during an investors call on 4 November.

Colgan also flies under the Continental Connection and United Express banners.