Agents and Airlines Join in Fight to Keep DCA Slots

Thoughts from Stephen Schembs, US Airways Flight Attendant, AFA-CWA Govt. Affairs Director

As the merger between American Airlines and US Airways continues to wind through the regulatory approval process, one of the most pressing issues that has emerged is how many slots the combined airline will have at DCA.

Unions representing employees at American Airlines and US Airways—including CWA, both flight attendants’ unions, both pilots’ unions, and the TWU—are fighting to keep the slots because they bring good jobs and valuable services to small and medium-sized communities. US Airways services an overwhelming 97% of flights between DCA and small and medium-sized markets.

Union members and company representatives are working together to educate Members of Congress from impacted areas about this issue.

Because of our efforts, 106 Members of Congress and several U.S. Senators have already written to the Department of Justice and Federal Aviation Administration, asking them to let the merged company keep the slots and continue providing this valuable service.

Members of our union play a crucial role in the success of US Airways and American Airlines at DCA.

Removing those slots would jeopardize good jobs in the DC area and under-served communities throughout the country.