United abandons attempts to add more slots at Newark Liberty

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials say United Airlines is abandoning its attempts to buy additional takeoff and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport.

United's decision was announced Wednesday by the Department of Justice.

In November, the DOJ sued United to block the proposed acquisition of 24 slots from Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. The lawsuit said United didn't use all the slots, depriving passengers of flight options. Chicago-based United controls around 900 of the roughly 1,200 slots at the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week that it would be easing limits on the number of hourly flights at the airport. That could result in lower airfares.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the airport and says the FAA's move should lead to more competition among airlines.