CHICAGO – US Airways Group Inc. and bankrupt American Airlines agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an anti-trust lawsuit against their proposed merger, clearing the path for American to exit bankruptcy and repay its municipal bondholders.

The proposed settlement announced Tuesday requires that American and US Airways Group divest slots, gates, and ground facilities at seven airports across the county, handing them over competing carriers including JetBlue Airways Corp. and Southwest Airlines.

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