Largesse For A Defunct Airline

News quiz: Name the one airline in America that actually made money in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Final answer: Midway Airlines. The carrier, based in North Carolina (which has the same name as a Chicago-based airline that went bust in 1991), declared bankruptcy in mid-August, unable to compete against low-fare king Southwest Airlines and hurt by an unfriendly split from its partner, American Airlines. The small carrier had grounded its flights and was close to shutting down operations when the attacks occurred. Within hours, Midway closed its doors.

But that did not stop the airline's well-connected...

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