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Judge: Comair can void contract with flight attendants, impose concessions

CINCINNATI - Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary Comair can toss out its contract with its flight attendants and impose concessions that the regional airline says it needs to emerge from bankruptcy, a judge ruled Friday.

Comair ''has demonstrated beyond doubt that a material reduction in Comair's flight attendant costs is essential to the company's ability to be successful in the extraordinarily competitive regional airline market of today,'' wrote Judge Adlai Hardin of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The airline and the union indicated they intended to continue their talks. The airline wants $7.9 million in concessions from the flight attendants.

An airline spokeswoman said the judge's ruling will have no immediate effect on its operations or negotiations that are scheduled to resume on Monday.

- From wire reports