The Department of Transportation (DOT) will identify a single low-cost or ultra-low-cost carrier to operate 16 peak afternoon and evening runway flights at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR). The announcement comes after President Biden’s executive order Promoting Competition in the American Economy that instructs federal agencies to take action to lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and faster economic growth.  Polly Trottenberg, deputy secretary, said opening the slots will provide air travelers with more choices and lower prices. The 16 slots are among the 36 given up by Southwest Airlines when it stopped serving Newark in 2019.  When Southwest gave up the slots, the Federal Aviation Administration reallocated 20 of them but decided not to assign the others in order to alleviate congestion. The FAA plans to solicit applications for the slots from existing low-cost operators in Newark and aims to select a carrier in time for the winter.