American Airlines has lost its bid to restore flights between Long Island MacArthur Airport and Washington, D.C.
Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/17llUpu ) says the federal Department of Transportation last month awarded two available slots at Reagan Washington National Airport to Southwest Airlines, which proposed flights between D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri.
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The DOT cited Southwest's bigger planes, low fares and passenger demand for the Kansas City route for its decision.
The paper says the Islip Town-owned MacArthur Airport will continue to look for carriers for the facility.
Following a 2013 merger, American Airlines is the parent company of US Airways, one of the two airlines currently operating at MacArthur.
American Airlines declined to comment.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com