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AirTran (NYSE: AAI): Southwest Swallows AirTran

|Includes:Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest low-fare carrier, said on Monday that it had agreed to buy its smaller rival AirTran Airways in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion, expanding its foothold in New York and Boston and allowing it to move into Atlanta, the nation’s largest airport.

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