Slower business travel threatens industry turnaround, analyst warns

11/24/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A steep slide in premium travel could delay a much anticipated return to profitability for the airlines, warns analyst Henry Harteveldt of Forrester Research. "I don't think 2009 will be the turnaround year," says Harteveldt, who sees "a deeper falloff ahead for October, November and December." September's premium ticket sales were down 8% worldwide, according to IATA, while business travel declined 2% on lucrative North Atlantic routes.

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