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Road Warrior read-in: Southwest secures 22 LaGuardia slots

Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
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Here's a quick hit of what Road Warrior editors are reading.

Southwest confirmed Thursday that it will buy 22 of the 34 takeoff and landing slots at LaGuardia Airport in New York that American Airlines was required to sell as part of its pending hookup with US Airways, Reuters reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Virgin America has permission to buy the remaining 12 spaces at LaGuardia. US Airways and American are required to shed more than 100 slots at other airports, mainly Ronald Reagan Washington National, as part of the terms of the deal, which is expected to close Monday.

(Read more: Bricks to skull fragments: The TSA's strange finds)

Aer Lingus' largest trade union will vote whether to take industrial action after pension talks broke down, but the union promised "no disruption of passenger services over Christmas," according to Reuters.

Marriott CEO: Changing hotel economics will cost jobs
Marriott International CEO and President Arne Sorenson discusses the minimum wage and whether raising it would affect the company's bottom line.

Qantas Airways stock was downgraded to junk status Friday by Standard & Poor, the Associated Press reports—one day after the Australian airline warned on profits and said it would cut more than 1,000 jobs.

Like just about everything else, more hotel bookings are being made via mobile devices and tablets, according to a report from HeBS Digital. Bookings made on a desktop system fell by nearly 6 percent in the third quarter year over year, while those made via tablets rose more than 57 percent and bookings made on a mobile device were up more than 86 percent.

FedEx pilots are also making a move to tablets, AirCargoNews reports.The company will issue iPads to replace paper navigation charts and other flight-operations documents in an effort to save 32 tons of paper a year.

According to The New York Times' Frugal Traveler, it's not too late to book holiday travel—with the sweet spot for air departures being Dec. 23 and 24. And if you're looking ahead to 2014, cruise fares are going down, with deals available at less than $50 per person a night, said travel columnist Peter Greenberg.

—By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield.

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