Air travel expected to drop over Thanksgiving

2:10 PM, Nov 10, 2009   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An airline industry trade group predicts that passenger traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday will drop 4 percent from last year.

The Air Transport Association made the forecast yesterday despite deep discounting by airlines over the past several months.

U.S. airlines have struggled this year with declining traffic during the recession. They cut fares for the peak summer vacation season and have eliminated many unprofitable flights to save money.

With fewer flights, planes are likely to be full over Thanksgiving, the trade group said.

The group said passengers should pack light, check the status of their flight before going to the airport, and get to the airport early.

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