With Southwest Airlines announcing it will lease 18 slots at Newark Liberty International airport, analysts say Delta Air Lines may challenge an FAA decision blocking it from acquiring additional slots at New York LaGuardia. Delta in July called off a slot swap deal with US Airways after regulators said it must divest some of the slots. Delta offered its slots to several discount carriers, but Southwest protested its exclusion. Analysts say there is "no doubt" Southwest's expansion at Newark will lead to new conversations with the FAA regarding the slot-swap deal.
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