Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Airlines add flights as more U.S. travelers take trips to Europe

Europe-bound travelers from the USA this summer can choose from a record number of flights, reflecting strategic decisions by big U.S. airlines to go where they think they can make more money.
In July, a USA TODAY analysis of schedules shows, U.S. and foreign airlines are offering a record 386 non-stop flights a day from the continental USA to Europe. That's 21% more than in 2003, when airlines started boosting trans-Atlantic service, the analysis shows.
Frankfurt, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Rome gained the most flights during the period, adding about five extra daily flights each. Carriers including Delta, Continental, KLM and Air India added flights from the USA to these cities.
U.S airlines, not the foreign carriers, have contributed most to overall trans-Atlantic growth, making up two-thirds of the net increase in flights during the period, the analysis shows.
10/07/06 Barbara De Lollis and Barbara Hansen/USA Today, US
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