Republic opposes Southwest's grab for DC-Kansas City slots

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Republic Airlines says it has no plans to end its Washington, DC to Kansas City service, and has opposed a Southwest Airlines request to begin flying the route from slot-controlled Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Indianapolis-based Republic says in a 6 August filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that it intends to continue flying the route as a regional partner of Denver-based Frontier Airlines after 5 January.

Republic's filing follows a 30 July request to the DOT from Dallas-based Southwest to acquire the Republic's slots and to begin operating the route on 6 January.

Southwest said it made the request "following the planned cessation of Frontier Airlines' service on this route on January 5."

Southwest says Frontier told the Kansas City International Airport in recent days that it will stop serving the route on that day. In addition, Southwest said Frontier removed the flights after 5 January from the scheduling database published by OAG.

But Republic says Southwest is misinformed and that it does not intend to discontinue the service.

"Republic is currently using the two slot exemptions and has no plans to terminate nonstop service between [Washington-National] and [Kansas City] with the two slot exemptions allocated to it for that service," says Republic's filing.

Both Frontier and Republic are subsidiaries of Republic Airways Holdings. Republic Airlines currently flies roundtrip from Washington-National to Kansas City once daily using two slots.

US Airways also flies the route up to three times daily.