Delta: Hey, Give Us Some National Slots

ATLANTA ( TheStreet) -- If somebody is going to get divested slots at Washington Reagan National Airport following the merger of US Airways ( LCC) and American ( AAMRQ), why shouldn't it be Delta ( DAL)?

"Delta welcomes the settlement agreement and looks forward to the opportunity to acquire slots that will be divested under the agreement, particularly at Washington-Reagan National Airport," the carrier said Tuesday.

"Delta is the airline best positioned to continue competitive nonstop flights from Reagan National to small- and mid-sized cities that could otherwise see service reduced or eliminated, which should be a strong consideration in the divestiture."

US Airways and American have agreed to divest 52 National slot pairs in order to reach a settlement with the Department of Justice, which had sued to block the merger.

Besides Delta, Southwest ( LUV) and JetBlue ( JBLU) also have expressed interested in divested slots at National.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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