What Will An Airline Merger Mean For Holiday Travel?04:23
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An American Airlines plane is moved from a gate at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP)
An American Airlines plane is moved from a gate at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP)

Yesterday, American Airlines and U.S. Airways reached a settlement with the Justice Department, avoiding a trial that could have stopped the $11 billion deal to combine the two airlines.

Now the two carriers are free to combine and create the world's largest airline, but they must make room for low-cost competitors at seven airports.

NPR's Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss what the merger entails and how it could affect holiday travel. 

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This segment aired on November 13, 2013.

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