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US-Colombia Scheduled Combination Frequencies


Air Transport Agreement Between the United States and Colombia - Signed May 10, 2011

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US-Colombia Scheduled Combination Frequencies

August 31, 2011

Notice Inviting Applications

By this Notice, we invite US air carriers to file applications for the 21 scheduled combination frequencies that are now available, and the 21 that will become available on January 1, 2012, as set-out in the ad referendum agreement between the United States and Colombia, signed May 10, 2011.

At this time, US carriers are allocated ninety-one frequencies for scheduled combination services on frequency-restricted routes as follows: American – 35, Continental – 21, Delta – 14, JetBlue – 7, and Spirit – 14. Pursuant to the Agreement, an additional 21 weekly round-trip frequencies are available immediately for scheduled combination services on frequency-restricted routes for a total of 112. On January 1, 2012, an additional 21 frequencies will become available for services on frequency-restricted routes for a total of 133. All frequency restrictions for scheduled combination services will be removed after December 31, 2012.

The frequency-restricted routes are: Atlanta-Bogota, Ft. Lauderdale-Bogota, Ft. Lauderdale-Cali, Ft. Lauderdale-Medellin, Houston-Bogota, Los Angeles-Bogota, Miami-Bogota, Miami-Cali, Miami-Medellin, New York/Newark-Bogota, New York/Newark-Medellin, Orlando-Bogota and Washington-Bogota.

So that we may promptly allocate these new opportunities, by this Notice we are soliciting applications for the 21 new frequencies that are available now and the 21 frequencies that will become available on January 1, 2012, for scheduled combination services, and for underlying economic authority (certificate/exemption) to the extent necessary. Applications for these opportunities should be filed no later than 15 days from the service date of this Notice.

By: Paul Gretch



OST-2011-0174

September 15, 2011

Application of jetBlue Airways for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

The frequencies requested herein are for the transportation of persons, property and mail in combination service between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Bogota, Colombia. jetBlue will operate these routes with Airbus A320 aircraft, which carrying 150 customers in an all-coach configuration.

jetBlue requests 7 frequencies that become available January 1, 2012 or, if available, 7 frequencies from those that are immediately available. jetBlue plans to inaugurate daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bogota beginning on or about January 15, 2012 on a year-round basis. Flights will connect with flights from the New York City area. jetblue is seeking a schedule that departs Fort Lauderdale in mid-morning and departs Bogota in early to mid-afternoon.

Counsel: Dow Lohnes, Jonathan Hill, 202-776-2000


September 16, 2011

Amended Application

jetBlue Airways Corporation herewith files this amendment to its application filed in this docket requesting the Department to issue an exemption authorizing the allocation of7 frequencies to jetBlue for the service between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Bogota, Colombia as described in its original filing in this docket. jetBlue incorporates all material originally filed in its certificate application into its request for an exemption. Given that only 21 frequencies out of a possible 42 frequencies were applied for by all carriers responding to the Notice Inviting Applications, served August 31, 2011, jetBlue requests action on its exemption request as soon as possible.

Counsel: Dow Lohnes, Jonathan Hill, 202-776-2000



Spirit Airlines, Inc.


OST-2011-0175 - US-Colombia Frequency Allocation - Fort Lauderdale-Bogotá

September 15, 2011

Application for Frequency Allocation

Spirit plans to use the 14 frequencies to operate two additional daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Bogotá and continue on to the beyond points, Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition, if Spirit is awarded 14 FLL-BOG frequencies, it will be able to adjust the schedule on its existing seven FLL-BOG frequencies to provide new connecting service to Lima, Peru.

Spirit plans to initiate year-round service on these routes in April 2012. Of the 14 frequencies, seven will be operated with a 178 seat Airbus 320 and seven will operate with a 145 seat Airbus 319. Spirit is acquiring 33 new aircraft over the next five years, five of which will be delivered within the next six months. The equipment necessary to operate the requested frequencies will be available by the proposed April start date.

Spirit cannot accept less then the 14 frequencies for use on the FLL-BOG route. A minimum of 14 frequencies is required to enable the carrier to effectively compete against the substantial service now offered by American and two Colombian carriers in the South Florida market. When added to the seven frequencies Spirit already operates to Bogotá, these additional frequencies will enable Spirit to spread flights across the day and provide a schedule that is as attractive as that of its competitors. An allocation of less than 14 frequencies will not allow Spirit to provide competitive patterns of service to beyond points in Ecuador and to effectively stimulate that market with low fare service.

Counsel: Kirstein & Young, Joanne Young, 202-331-3348

OST-2011-0176 - Spirit Airlines - Fort Lauderdale-Quito/Guayaquil


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