Tue, Aug 19, 2008
Passengers Showing Disgust At Fees By Staying Home?
Several US domestic airlines have announced capacity cuts to be
implemented in September, but passengers aren't waiting.
The Air Transport Association tells The Associated Press its
expects a drop in Labor Day Holiday air travel of nearly 7 percent
from last year. This year's official holiday period is August 27
through September 3.
ATA predicts international air travel will be up slightly... but
not enough to counter a drop in the much larger domestic market,
where travelers have been battered all summer with new fees and
increased fares blamed on fuel prices.
ATA President James May observed Monday, "Economic uncertainty
and the heavy hit from sky-high energy prices mean that many
vacation and business travelers are choosing to stay closer to
home, if they go at all."
The airlines also report passenger traffic was down
substantially during June and July, compared to the same months
In addition to its usual advisories to check in from home by
computer ahead of time, arrive early at the airport and be aware of
TSA security rules when packing, ATA adds a new warning this Labor
Check your airline's Web site for any new fees -- such as
checked bag charges -- to avoid a costly surprise at check-in.
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