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UNITED PETITIONS FAA FOR RETURN OF O'HARE SLOTS

 UNITED PETITIONS FAA FOR RETURN OF O'HARE SLOTS
 CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today has


petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the immediate return of 36 take-off and landing slots at O'Hare International Airport that had been withdrawn from United and given to foreign air carriers for the 1992-93 winter season.
 Airlines operating at Chicago's O'Hare Airport are required by federal regulations to have a slot, or take-off and landing right, for each flight at the airport between the hours of 6:45 a.m. and 9:14 p.m.
 The O'Hare slots were taken from United because of an FAA policy under which any foreign air carrier's demand for access to O'Hare is satisfied through the elimination of U.S. domestic service at the airport. United has had to cancel all or a portion of 36 domestic flights, thereby denying domestic transportation to U.S. travelers as a result of the FAA slot withdrawal and redistribution.
 "No other country in the world sacrifices its domestic carriers, domestic service and domestic jobs to sustain foreign companies in this way," said Stephen M. Wolf, United's chairman and chief executive officer. "This policy not only ignores the needs of U.S. companies, but actively works to their detriment."
 In its petition, United noted that while the FAA rule applies to both O'Hare and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, it has been implemented only at O'Hare.
 United emphasized that there is sufficient capacity at O'Hare, without reducing domestic schedules, to accommodate foreign carriers whose governments provide equivalent access to their own airports.
 "U.S. domestic passengers and the U.S. jobs they sustain should not be disadvantaged in this manner," Wolf added, "particularly when the needs of foreign air carriers can be accommodated in other ways."
 United said it looks for prompt and expedited action by the FAA on its petition.
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