U.S. airlines could return to profitability this year, thanks to capacity cuts and other recent cost-cutting measures. However, the long-term health of the industry will largely depend on decisions made in Washington, experts say. "No piecemeal solution is going to work," says aviation consultant Robert Mann. "Somebody has to really step back and take a big-picture view." The industry is hoping $5 billion in stimulus spending will help to modernize airports and air traffic control for the long term. More modern infrastructure would aid the environment and the economy, as well, the industry says.
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