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FLIGHTS FULL, FARES HIGHER FOR SUMMER…

Posted on 18 May 2010

Holiday travel is making a comeback, says USA Today. The downside for Memorial Day weekend flyers: higher fares and packed flights. “People seem to feel more confident about travel and the economy in general,” said Genevieve Brown, senior editor of travel Web site, Travelocity. Airfares booked on Travelocity for travel from May 27 to May 31 averaged $332 round-trip this year, up 16% from Memorial Day weekend of 2009. International fares are 21% higher this year, averaging $742 round-trip. Few expect travel volume to return o the pre-recession levels of mid-2008. But pent-up customer demand is driving fares up following a grim 2009, in which belt-tightening occurred across all travel segments, including corporate and vacation travel.

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