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Spirit Air Awarded All 16 Contested Slots at Newark Airport

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Photographer: Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg

The US Transportation Department awarded 16 coveted flight slots at Newark Liberty International Airport to Spirit Airlines Inc., denying requests by rivals JetBlue Airways Corp. and Alaska Air Group Inc.

The government said Spirit is “most likely to provide the lowest fares to the most consumers,” according to a statement released Tuesday. The decision gives Spirit access to times for 16 flights during peak hours at Newark, settling a contest for the slots even as Spirit is being fought over with competing offers by hostile bidder JetBlue and favored suitor Frontier Group Holdings Inc.