US to give Spirit Airlines runway rights at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

A budget airline will get a chance to add flights at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Transportation Department said Thursday that it will give coveted afternoon and evening runway rights to Spirit Airlines. The takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest Airlines, which pulled out of Newark in 2019.
The Transportation Department’s decision follows a federal court ruling that went against the Federal Aviation Administration, which is part of the Transportation Department.
Spirit Airlines wants the old Southwest runway rights, and it sued the FAA when the agency planned to eliminate them rather than award them to another airline.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.