Decline in business fliers shrinks revenues at Continental

Amid declining demand for premium travel, Continental Airlines says its drop in revenue per available seat mile has "become significant." Though consolidated domestic bookings through the end of April are running ahead of 2008 levels, the decline in unit revenue could drag down first-quarter results. Analysts are looking for relief this summer, when leisure travelers could make up for the lack of business fliers. "CAL, along with other airlines, will likely see improved results as the peak travel season begins in earnest," says Bob McAdoo of Avondale Partners.

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