Discount airline to land at Newark with opening up of slots

NEWARK, N.J. – Discount airline Allegiant Air is set to land at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Allegiant has been given final approval to begin offering service at the airport in November.

The airline says it plans to offer flights between Newark and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets can be purchased beginning Tuesday, some for as low as $39 one-way.

Allegiant’s entrance into the Newark market comes after a Justice Department lawsuit charged United Airlines with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots and keeping competitors out. United operates roughly three-quarters of all flights at Newark.

In April, federal aviation officials opened up more slots by relaxing hourly limits on arrivals and departures. The limits had been put in place several years earlier to reduce delays.