Sunday, August 10, 2008

U.S. Air Carriers Loose 3.5 Million Passengers in June and July

Yes you read it right, the U.S. Airline industry who are used to losing money and luggage have now managed to lose passengers.

It would appear that higher ticket prices, non-existent customer service, huge flight delays and cancellations and the "charge for everything and get nothing" mentality of U.S. carriers might be having an impact......less people are traveling, great plan guys !

Yes the brain trust of U.S. Air Carriers, their CEO's, geniuses that they are thought that they could continue to treat their passengers like massive inconveniences while at the same time charging them more for everything has finally accomplished their goal, they managed to drive away 3.5 million passengers in June and July compared to last year.

If the U.S. Carrier CEO's, pilot unions and socially retarded employees manage to keep their "give them nothing and charge them more" philosophy to business going, in about a year they will be able to realize their goal of saving millions of dollars in fuel because they wont need to fly any of their planes anymore, we can all just stay home.

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Higher airfares and a slowing U.S. economy has kept some Americans from flying this summer, analysts say.

The seven largest U.S. airlines boarded 3.5 million fewer passengers during June and July, compared with the same period last year, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Sunday.

Rick Seaney, chief executive of FareCompare.com, a Dallas firm that tracks airline ticket prices, said there have been 30 fare increases over the past year.

"People, particularly leisure travelers, are changing their behavior," he told the newspaper.

Some experts say already declining passenger numbers suggests that airlines may be losing their ability to raise their fares any higher.

"I think we may already be seeing that," Seaney said, noting that there hasn't been a significant price increase for more than a month.

Seaney said an increase in flight delays and cancellations has also taken a toll on the airline industry.

"Hardly anyone wants to travel anymore, which is understandable when you have a 1 in 3 chance of being stranded," he said. "It's just not much fun."

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