DENVER -- United Airlines paid the city of Denver $26.4 million Tuesday toward the cost of delaying Denver International Airport's opening, and raised the possibility of opening the facility with only a partially operating baggage system.

As part of an agreement reached between the city and United, the dominant hub airline in Denver that accounts for more than half the traffic through the city, United agreed that Denver could open the airport with an automated baggage system operating on only two of the facility's three concourses.

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