26 July 2019
If you were hoping to fly Southwest through Newark for Thanksgiving, you’ll have to change plans. Southwest is cancelling service through the airport from 3 November onwards, a little more than nine years after United agreed to divest Newark International Airport takeoff and landing slots to Southwest to resolve the Department of Justice’s concerns about United’s merger with Continental Airlines. Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy first introduced antitrust whistleblower protection legislation only a few years after Southwest began its short tenure at Newark, and they introduced a new version of that legislation Wednesday. Previous versions passed the Senate but haven’t been put to a vote in the House.