Seven airlines vie for Washington slots

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A total of seven airlines have applied to the US Department of Transportation for rights to operate beyond-perimeter flights from Washington National airport, as a deadline for applications closed yesterday.

The seven carriers applied for a total of 20 slots to operate flights beyond a 2,012km (1,250mi) perimeter of the airport, or 12 more than the eight allowed for under a bill reauthorising Federal Aviation Administration funding that was signed into law on 14 February.

The eight slots would allow for four new flights from the airport.

Air Canada has applied to launch once-daily non-stop service to Vancouver, being the only non-US carrier to have applied for the slots.

Alaska Airlines, which applied for four slots, wants to begin flights to Portland and San Diego. Frontier Airlines has requested for two slots for non-stop service to Colorado Springs, continuing on to San Diego.

JetBlue Airways has applied for four slots to operate flights to San Juan and Austin, while Southwest Airlines is seeking two slots to start flights to Austin and then continuing on to San Diego.

Sun Country Airlines, which already holds two slot exemptions at the airport, has applied for two additional slots to begin a roundtrip flight to Las Vegas.

Finally, Virgin America, which does not operate to Washington National currently, has applied for four slots to launch two roundtrip flights to San Francisco.