US summer passenger figures to falter

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US airline group the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) estimates 171 million passengers flying in US markets between 1 June and 31 August, a 7% decline from the 183 million who flew domestically last summer.

ATA released those statistics today, along with a projection of a 6% reduction in passengers flying US carriers on international routes from 26 million to 24 million.

Sagging summer predictions come on the heels of network carriers highlighting faltering demand during the first quarter. US airlines have also stressed the difficulty of predicting when demand might stabilize.

But despite the downward revisions in demand planes should remain close to full, says ATA, as carriers have removed aircraft from the system to accommodate capacity cuts.