Airline Woes Could Hamper Meetings

The skies ahead are not likely to be especially bright for the U.S. airline industry. With route cutbacks, bankruptcies, budget cuts, and layoffs the order of the day for many carriers, meeting planners and attendees should be prepared for potential air travel hassles in 2005.

The airlines have lost $6 billion this year and close to $30 billion over the past four years, according to the Air Transport Association, based in Washington, D.C. Rising fuel prices, pension problems, and heig

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