US airlines expect fewer passengers this summer


Washington (AP) - With air fares up and the economy weak, fewer Americans are expected to fly this summer. The trade group for the nation's largest airlines predicts 211.5 million passengers will travel on domestic carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31. That would be a 1.3 percent drop from last summer.

The Air Transport Association says airlines are reducing their carrying capacity amid slower economic growth and rising jet fuel prices. In addition to higher fares, fliers should expect more packed planes, the association says.

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