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AMR in Merger Should Lose All Washington Slots: Jetblue

AMR Corp. (AAMRQ)’s American Airlines should have to cede the equivalent of all its flights at Washington’s Reagan National Airport if the planned merger with US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) goes forward, JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU)’s chief executive officer said.

US Airways has 55 percent of flights at the airport near the city’s downtown, and no carrier should be allowed to exceed that figure, Dave Barger said today in an interview in Washington.

“That should be the ceiling,” Barger said. “We feel very strongly.”

The U.S. Justice Department has sued to block the merger as anti-competitive, saying a combined carrier would control 69 percent of flights at the airport, where capacity is restricted by U.S. regulators.

US Airways and American executives have said that there is enough competition in the region because travelers can use two other airports.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Levin in Washington at alevin24@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net

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