JetBlue Airways will introduce service from Tampa International Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. JetBlue was able to add the flights after acquiring landing slots at the airports through a Federal Aviation Administration auction.
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson told lawmakers Thursday that the airline is not in any merger talks. Anderson said he was surprised by media reports earlier this week that suggested Delta and United Airlines were considering a merger.
Federal officials said the public should remain confident in the airport screening processes, despite a Government Accountability Office report that revealed agents smuggled bomb parts through airport security. TSA Administrator Kip Hawley dismissed the notion that the components could be transformed into an explosive device in aircraft lavatories. "It's like bringing watch parts through [a checkpoint] and then saying, 'I'm going to assemble the watch during the flight,' Hawley said. "It's not trivial to assemble these devices so they'll work."
Delta CEO Richard Anderson told lawmakers that a proposal to cut the number of flights at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport would threaten the airline's post-bankruptcy recovery. JetBlue Airways CEO David Barger also said the proposed cap should be raised.
Southwest Airlines has reached a preliminary agreement with Chicago on possible terms for a long-term lease for Midway Airport with a private operator. Possible terms could extend pricing and use agreements with carriers at the airport until 2033. The current agreement expires in 2012.