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Byline: Scott Thurston
Jul. 7--AirTran Airways has lost its bid for special rights to fly between Atlanta and Washington's Reagan National Airport, which the carrier argued would bring down fares on the heavily traveled route.
The U.S. Department of Transportation gave eight airlines rights to new routes from Reagan National.
AirTran, however, wasn't among them. Neither were Delta Air Lines, which sought a Washington-Salt Lake City route, or Delta subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which wanted to fly from Reagan National to Jacksonville.
The decision issued late Wednesday ended months of vying among numerous carriers for flight rights …