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Europe report. (News Briefs).(includes, Association of European Airlines reports passenger traffic decline)

Assn. of European Airlines members reported an 8.8% decline in passenger traffic in Aug. compared to the prior-year period. IntraEuropean passenger traffic fell 7.1%, North Atlantic dropped 14.9% and Far East/Australia lost 2.8%. Capacity on offer was down 10.5% overall and load factor rose 1.5 points to 78.4--"a monthly figure exceeded only twice--in July and Aug. 2000," AEA noted.

In the 12 months ended in Aug., passenger traffic fell 12% compared to the prior year. "Since under normal conditions an increase in the order of 6% would be anticipated, the market has effectively lost three years of growth," AEA said. On the North Atlantic, traffic declined around 20% over the 12-month period, "setting the clock back about four years in terms of traffic volume."

Lufthansa expanded its winter 2002-03 capacity by 13% compared to last year with introduction of the winter timetable on Oct. 27. The increases bring its total flight offerings "almost" up to the level of its winter 2000-01 schedule. …

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