10/7/2008

Despite the deep capacity cuts already announced for this fall, U.S. airlines may have to trim still more flights in the face of falling demand, aviation consultant Michael Boyd said Monday. "This is not an aviation cycle," noting that high oil prices are a game changer for the industry. "This is the first time I've seen in 35 years that airlines are pulling back capacity faster than demand is dropping." Boyd predicts capacity will fall 9.5% in 2009, following an 8% drop this year.

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