Airlines is seeking permission to postpone starting service between Newark and
Cali to June 2002, citing slowing economies in the USA and Columbia.
the phase-in terms of the open skies agreement between the USA and Colombia, the
airline was awarded seven frequencies by the US Department of Transportation
(DOT) for Newark-Cali service to begin 1 October. But Continental has asked the
DOT for a waiver of the agency’s 90-day dormancy rule so it can postpone service
launch until next June.
a 6 June filing with the DOT, Continental says: “Under current economic
conditions in Columbia and the United States, Continental has concluded that
nonstop New York/Newark-Cali flights should not begin until 1 June 2002…Continental
believes the additional eight months is a reasonable period of time in which to
expect a turnaround in Columbia’s economic conditions and an upswing in the US
economy as well.”
adds that it would be “inappropriate under current economic conditions” to
launch service in October.