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SARS batters airlines for another month. (News Briefs).

Whatever slim hope remained for a swift recovery from the devastating impact of the SARS outbreak all but faded away last month as travelers continued to avoid affected locations, even as the disease appeared to be coming under control in most areas (see article, p. 30).

According to Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines DG Richard Stirland, member airlines cancelled more than 1,150 weekly flights in May, the vast majority "bread and butter routes." Flights still being operated to maintain the semblance of a network "have load factors which render them highly unprofitable. In short, the airlines basis."

Stirland also pointed our, "If the whole SAPS episode went away tomorrow, it would be months before passenger demand picked up and the industry restored to its former health . …

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