Lawmakers urge bidding for gates in airline merger
DALLAS (AP) - Four key members of Congress say that all airlines - not just low-fare carriers - should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger.
The leaders of the House and Senate transportation committees say they're worried that unless the big airlines can bid, service between Washington and some smaller cities may be lost.
The U.S. Justice Department settled a lawsuit against the merger earlier this month after American and US Airways agreed to give up gates and landing rights at several big airports, notably Washington's Reagan National Airport.
On Friday, top Democrats and Republicans on the transportation committees released a letter that they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder protesting terms of that settlement.
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