Struggling Airlines Pose Problems for Planners

With Delta and Northwest joining the ranks of bankrupt airlines in September, about 40 percent of available seats on domestic flights are with carriers that are in Chapter 11, according to the Air Transport Association, Washington, D.C. For meeting planners and attendees, the fallout of airline bankruptcy is route cutbacks, reduced services, and higher rates.

“You've got to roll with the punches in terms of schedule changes,” says John Heimlich, chief economist at ATA. “Bankrup

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