JetBlue, Southwest win rights at DC airport

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest and JetBlue are beneficiaries of a deal requiring American Airlines to give up some operating rights at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

Fort Worth-based American's merger with US Airways closed in December.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it will buy enough takeoff and landing slots for 27 daily departures, adding to 17 daily flights that it already operates from Reagan National.

A JetBlue Airways Corp. spokeswoman says American Airlines told JetBlue that it will get enough slots for 12 daily round trips. JetBlue will also get to buy slots for another eight daily round trips that it currently leases from American. JetBlue runs 18 daily departures.

The deals await U.S. Justice Department approval.

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