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Spirit Airlines prevails in battle for position of Newark airport

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Spirit Airlines rights to operate flights at Newark-Liberty International Airport during the busiest times of the day, ending more than two years of legal wrangling.

The dispute arose after South West Airlines withdrew from Newark in 2019, sparking a turf war between rival airlines in the congested New Jersey hub. Budget airlines, including Spirit, saw a rare opportunity to expand their footprint at the airport and add flights at peak times of the day, which they had not been able to do before.


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