Southwest/AirTran deal has airports on edge

10/4/2010 | USA Today

Passengers and airport officials around the country are watching to see how local service will be affected by Southwest Airlines' proposed acquisition of rival discounter AirTran Airways. If AirTran drops its hub-and-spoke model in favor of point-to-point service, Atlanta could see an extra 80 flight per day, according to one expert. Other markets are nervous about cuts, however, including Orlando and Baltimore, where the two carriers have overlapping routes.

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