The Transportation Department on Tuesday gave final approval for a planned slot swap by Delta Airlines and US Airways, while rejecting the carriers' request to reduce required divestitures. "We intend to appeal this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals," the two airlines announced in a press release, calling the government's conditions "inexplicable." Regulators fear the deal will reduce competition at Washington National and New York LaGaurdia, but the airlines argued that swapping slots will enable them to maintain or increase service in smaller markets.

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