In early February, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley complained that the CEOs of United Airlines and American Airlines were brushing him off. A dispute between the carriers and the city over O’Hare International’s costly expansion had just come to a head with AA and UA jointly filing a lawsuit against the city to block $3.4 billion in modernization work from going forward. “We had a meeting scheduled” to discuss the suit and “the airlines canceled it,” the ...

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