CHICAGO--United Airlines yesterday said it had selected the Indianapolis International Airport for a $1 billion, 7,000-employee maintenance base that triggered a bidding war by job-hungry cities across the nation.

One of the losing contenders was Denver, and many Wall Street traders wondered what the decision could mean for the near-junk rated Denver International Airport. The $2.66 billion facility is negotiating an agreement for United to use the airport when it opens in late 1993.

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