Southwest Airlines said late yesterday that its $170 million bid to acquire Frontier Airlines was "deemed unacceptable" by a US Bankruptcy Court after the two carriers' pilot unions were unable to reach an agreement on joint work rules and seniority, paving the way for Republic Airways Holdings to purchase Denver-based Frontier. SWA and Republic both issued bids for bankrupt Frontier that were considered in a court-monitored auction held yesterday (ATWOnline, Aug. 11). Even though SWA's ...

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