WASHINGTON, D.C. – MetroAir Virtual Airlines executives were told this morning that the airline’s bid for 5 slot pairs has been accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration. A “slot pair” is the equivalent of rights to two flights at the airport, enough for a daily round trip. Slots at Reagan National airport are hard to come by as demand is high to fly into Washington’s convenient and popular airport. However,
52 slot pairs became available as a result of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The companies were required to divulge the slots in order to be able to merge.
Once the transfer of slots to MetroAir has been finalized by the Department of Justice, MetroAir plans to begin a once daily nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale utilizing an Airbus A320 aircraft. The flight will run on weekdays with an early morning departure from Fort Lauderdale and a noontime return from Washington D.C.
“After hearing about the slot pair availability due to the American merger, we wanted to get our foot in the door at DCA., stated Chief Operating Officer William Hogarth, “Reagan
National offers our passengers the proximity to the city and gives our pilots a chance to fly into a unique airport. In the future, we’d like to service DCA from the other key markets in our network, but for now we’re focusing on Fort Lauderdale.”
MetroAir executives plan for DCA service to begin on Monday, June 23rd pending DOJ approval.