Topic of the Week: Should American Have to Give Up Slots in Washington?

American and US Airways leaders were on Capitol Hill this week talking about the virtues of the merger. One area where there has been speculation that the airlines might have to make concessions is at heavily-restricted Washington/National airport. US Airways already holds a majority of slots, and now with American it will hold more. If the airline is forced to give up slots, they will likely go to new or limited current entrants who will undoubtedly fly to cities that already have service. Fares will go down, but many small communities that US Airways serves today will lose their service.

Which is better?

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