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Woes continue for Mexico's oldest airline, Mexicana, which announced on Monday the indefinite suspension of all but one of its long-haul international flights to destinations in Europe, North America
CHICAGO - From picketing ground workers and flight attendants to disgruntled leaders of a pilot's union, labor issues are heating up at US airlines.
NEW International Air Transport Association figures suggest the malaise affecting the US airline industry may be spreading to the Asia-Pacific.IATA's March traffic figures show that global traffic growth in March was down to below 4 per cent when adjusted for the early Easter break, with passenger loads down 1.7 percentage points on last year to 76.1 per cent.
As the industry's executives gather this week at the Regional Airline Assn.'s annual conference in Indianapolis, they - and some of the small communities they serve - have plenty to worry about.
Don't be fooled.The bankruptcies, mergers and consolidations among the major airlines are going to cost passengers more money and make travel even more of a nightmare than it already is.It's Economics 101: Less competition means higher prices, decreased customer service, crowded flights, and serious disruptions in the event of labor disputes or maintenance issues.