According to Elizabeth Merida, manager of communications with ATA, carriers discounted their prices to encourage more business. The carriers include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United and U.S. Airways.
Cloudy skies for airlines as fliers ground travel plans Carriers announce furloughs, cutbacks; Continental indicates more cuts to come By JOÃO-PIERRE S. RutH a specific total. Con- SKIES REMAIN CLOuDY for the travel indus- “We’re in the process of working through tinental pre- try, as traffic has remained down for at least offering voluntary programs to different viously announced eight consecutive months at Newark Liberty workgroups to try to mitigate the impact of it would cut 500 International Airport, according to the latest furloughs,” said Continental Airlines spokes- reservation agent posi- available reports from the Port Authority of woman Mary Clark. A regional breakdown tions, and gave leaves of absence New York and New Jersey. Both cargo and pas- of Continental’s cutbacks is expected in late to 700 flight attendants. Jupiter Images senger travel continued to decline in the spring, September, she said. Clark said the latest round of cutbacks though the hurting subsided somewhat for pas- Continental had a staff of 13,483 at Newark may not necessarily impact flight activity. u senger travel. Liberty as of the second quarter, Clark said. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Based on its latest available traffic report from the Port Authority, passenger travel at Newark Liberty was down 3.6 percent, to 2.96 The million passengers, in April compared with the year-ago period. The previous three months of 2009 averaged 12 percent declines compared with their prior year periods. Cargo traffic was Business down 22.8 percent for April. Calls to Port Authority officials seeking elaboration on the impact of ongoing declines were not returned. Bank Newark Liberty is far from alone in its springtime slump. On July 21, Air Transport Association of America, a trade organization “We’re in the process of working through o ering Of New voluntary programs to di erent workgroups to try to mitigate the impact of furloughs” Jersey. Mary Clark, Continental Airlines spokeswoman for domestic airlines, said passenger revenue across the country fell 26 percent in June compared with the year-ago period. According to Elizabeth Merida, man- ager of communications with ATA, carriers Count On Columbia For Commercial Loans discounted their prices to encourage more business. However, pass
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