ATA sees fewer fliers for Thanksgiving holiday

The Air Transport Association has predicted a 4% drop in traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday period, citing consumer uncertainty spurred by high unemployment. "It is increasingly apparent that the economic headwinds facing the airlines and their customers are anything but behind us," says ATA President and CEO Jim May. But despite fewer travelers in the airport, planes are expected to fly nearly full following capacity cuts that are the deepest in more than 65 years.

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