With the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) behind them, American Airlines and US Airways now believe their merger can close in the first half of December. American, which has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since November 2011, and US Airways have agreed with DOJ to divest slots and facilities at airports across the US, most significantly 52 slot pairs at Washington National Airport (DCA). The divestures were “necessary ...

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