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November 6, 2001 -- Home Page

CCBA Economist: Airline alliance would save passengers money

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — CCBA economist Jan Brueckner recently released a study of airline cooperation based on US Department of Transportation data. His research revealed that cooperation between airline partners American Airlines-British Airways would lead to a 23 percent fare reduction for interline passengers (those who use two airlines when making a trip). If permitted to cooperate in providing connecting services, passengers would save between $39 and $43 million dollars annually. The average fare for the flying public would fall by more than $300 per ticket.

The full press release from American Airlines-British Airways is available on their website. The full study is also online.

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