Saturday, August 09, 2008

Bad news for holiday flyers

By Libby

It's bad enough they pratically force you to strip while they maul you at the gate, steal your cosmetics and charge you more for carrying your luggage than the contents are worth, now they're cutting the seats so the planes will be more crowded and no doubt the tickets will be more expensive.

In all there will be 59.7m fewer tickets available compared to October-December last year. Routes will be scrapped at 275 airports around the world and 3,500 fewer planes will be needed, according to the OAG.

While Europe will suffer the loss of 5.5m seats, America will be worst hit, with a reduction of about 20m.

Here's the story: The global airline industry will fly 60m fewer seats in the run-up to Christmas - equivalent to a 7% cut in flights - as high oil prices and the economic downturn force carriers to cut services.
Bet they will be overbooking like crazy too. I used to look forward to flying but they've taken all the fun out of it. [via Instaputz]


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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And it's frequently impossible or impractical to get there by train.

The decision to abandon rail transportation has made this a weaker country, more dependent on oil, more dependent on the weather, more vulnerable to terrorism and more productive of air pollution.


But of course we've avoided the horrors of having government involved in regulation - unlike other countries with their smooth, quite, safe, 200+ MPH trains that can get you there faster than airplanes.

9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It would be very cool and practical to have a supertrain system. Not that I expect this administration would do anything about it. Maybe next year.

9:10:00 AM  

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