Sunday, July 16, 2006

Airlines add flights to Europe

Europe-bound travelers from the U.S. 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 U.S. to Europe. That's 21 percent 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 U.S. to these cities.
Since July 2005, the number of U.S.-Europe flights has grown 7 percent, faster than growth in service to Latin America or Asia.
15/07/06 Barbara De Lollis and Barbara Hansen/USA Today/Ithaca Journal, US
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