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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Fewer fly on US airlines, more flights on time

Flight and route cuts by major U.S. airlines during summer fuel price spikes helped carriers save money and improve on-time performance, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday.

The 19 biggest commercial airlines flew 60 million passengers in August, three million fewer than the same period a year ago.

On-time performance for the industry was 78.4 percent, up about 7 percent from last year and the best on-time performance for August since 2003.

Cancellations were also down.

Better weather helped to improve airline performance in August as did more efficient operations of connecting service.

August is the last peak air travel month of the summer season, so industry usually improves its on-time record in the fall.



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