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Airlines rebuild SARS-ravaged schedules.(Asia/Pacific and world airline statistics)(Brief Article)

Airlines continued to restore services to, from and within the Asia/Pacific region during the early summer following the withdrawal of the last World Health Organization SARS travel advisories in June, bur the damages from the episode will impact airline operations and finances for some time. For example, Cathay Pacific, at the center of the storm, said it will resume a full schedule by the end of Sept. and give away more than 10,000 free tickets in an effort to help rebuild the local tourism industry.

IATA preliminary traffic figures for May, released last month, show member airlines suffered a 21% drop in international passenger traffic compared with May 2002, with Asia/Pacific carriers noting a 50. …

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