The DOT said yesterday that they are going forward with their review of whether to strip Delta of their SEA-HND slots, despite Delta’s formal response earlier this week. The DOT was not impressed and said nothing in the response from Delta changed their previous decision.
We have determined that, in light of Delta’s extensive winter-season cutbacks, and the submissions filed on the record in this case, the public interest requires a fresh examination of whether the best use of the Seattle-Haneda opportunity is to allow Delta to retain its underlying authority to operate the slot pair for Seattle-Haneda service, or whether the public interest would be better served by reallocating the slot pair for service from another U.S. city by another U.S. carrier or by Delta. Delta has presented no information that would lead the Department to alter that conclusion. The Department has instituted this proceeding under its general powers to review the public interest bases of current awards, the procedures set up by the department will provide Delta, as well as any other interested carriers, ample opportunity to argue its position and present any evidence it may wish to present.”
Confused? See American – “Give Us Delta’s SEA Tokyo Slots for LAX” and the later Delta Responds to AA’s Threat to Take Away SEA Tokyo Slots.