Continental 737-900. Photo: By Rob Finlayson. The US Dept. of Justice on Friday said it had closed its investigation into the proposed merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines after the carriers agreed to address competition concerns in the New York market by leasing 18 slot pairs at Newark International to Southwest Airlines. Under the agreement with SWA, announced shortly before DOJ cleared the merger, the LCC will gain the right to operate up to 36 daily flights ...

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