Southwest cleared for 14 slots at LaGuardia

Southwest Airlines will be allowed to purchase 14 slots at New York LaGuardia, a judge ruled Tuesday in the bankruptcy case of ATA Airlines. The deal, valued at $7.5 million, will allow the discount carrier to operate seven daily flights, pending a decision by the Port Authority on Southwest's request for a single gate at the busy airport. CEO Gary Kelly hinted at further growth in the future. "If we decide to grow in the future beyond the 14 slots, I'm reasonably comfortable we can get more facilities," he said.

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