(a) For purposes of this subpart --
(1) New entrant carrier means a commuter operator or air carrier
which does not hold a slot at a particular airport and has never sold or
given up a slot at that airport after December 16, 1985.
(2) Slot means the operational authority to conduct one IFR
landing or takeoff operation each day during a specific hour or 30 minute
period at one of the High Density Traffic Airports, as specified in
subpart K of this part.
(3) Summer season means the period of time from the first Sunday
in April until the last Sunday in October.
(4) Winter season means the period of time from the last Sunday
in October until the first Sunday in April.
(5) Limited incumbent carrier means an air carrier or commuter
operator that holds or operates fewer than 12 air carrier or commuter
slots, in any combination, at a particular airport, not including
international slots, Essential Air Service Program slots, or slots between
the hours of 2200 and 0659 at Washington National Airport or LaGuardia
Airport. However, for the purposes of this paragraph (a)(5), the carrier
is considered to hold the number of slots at that airport that the carrier
has, since December 16, 1985:
(i) Returned to the FAA;
(ii) Had recalled by the FAA under §93.227(a); or
(iii) Transferred to another party other than by trade for one or more
slots at the same airport.
(b) The definitions specified in subpart K of this part also apply to
(c) For purposes of this subpart, if an air carrier, commuter operator,
or other person has more than a 50-percent ownership or control of one or
more other air carriers, commuter operators, or other persons, they shall
be considered to be a single air carrier, commuter operator, or person. In
addition, if a single company has more than a 50-percent ownership or
control of two or more air carriers and/or commuter operators or any
combination thereof, those air carriers and/or commuter operators shall be
considered to be a single operator. A single operator may be considered to
be both an air carrier and commuter operator for purposes of this subpart.