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April 16, 2003 – Airline Downturn Eases Slightly

The Air Transport Association reports that while air traffic was down for the week ending April 13 over the same week a year earlier, the trend was an improvement over the previous week. Systemwide traffic dropped by 10.6 percent from the equivalent week in 2002, a better performance than the 17.4 percent year over year decline for the week ending April 6. Trans-Atlantic traffic improved slightly over the prior week, but was still down 21 percent over last year. Domestic traffic was down 5.9 percent over the same week last year, compared to a 14.7 percent decline the week before. Latin America traffic remained flat. Traffic in the Pacific region experienced the most dramatic decline with a 35.7 percent drop from the previous year. This was no doubt influenced by the continued heavy media coverage of SARS in the region.

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