HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Citing a substantial drop in business class passengers, Finnair said it expects to post a loss of undisclosed size this year.

The Finnish national carrier said Friday that the number of such passengers fell 21.5 percent in September from the same month last year.

Earlier this week, Finnair said it will lay off an undisclosed number of people and make other cuts to save 115 million euros ($105 million), after passenger traffic fell by 10 percent as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the New York and Washington and a global economic downturn.

Last year, 7.7 million passengers flew on Finnair, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year. Finnair is 58 percent owned by the government.

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