(Reuters) - Airlines have submitted bids seeking to purchase takeoff and landing rights at Reagan National Airport that American Airlines Group
The sources requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak on the record.
An announcement about the sales of slots at Reagan National could be made this week, the sources said, but they did not know how many airlines had submitted bids.
American Airlines Group, formed when US Airways Group and AMR Corp merged in December, declined to comment on Sunday.
The merging carriers agreed to give up 52 pairs of takeoff and landing rights, or 104 slots, at Reagan National Airport located just outside Washington, as well as certain other assets under a settlement of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department seeking to block their combination. The merger formed the world's largest airline.
The Justice Department said the slot and gate sales would give low-cost competitors better access to some of the nation's busiest airports.
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs in Atlanta, additional reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)