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European Passenger Traffic Falls

June 12, 2001

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ International passenger traffic on 29 major European airlines is down 0.2 percent in the first four months of the year, the Association of European Airlines said Tuesday.

Traffic losses on longhaul routes to North America were down 4.1 percent from a year ago while capacity on flights to Asia and Australia decreased 4.9 percent.

But growth in Europe helped offset the declines in long-haul routes, with traffic rising by 6.5 percent.

Reasons for the decline in trans-Atlantic routes were due to a slowdown in the U.S. economy, which has meant less people were traveling to Europe, the AEA said. The foot-and-mouth outbreak in Britain and in other parts of Europe were also to blame for empty seats.

The AEA’s 29 members include British Airways, Swissair, KLM and Lufthansa.

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