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U.S. Airlines Are Rescheduling Flights More Than Ever Before

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal

Feb 08, 2014 4:00 pm

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Airlines say industry shakeups are causing them to reschedule flights. But passengers complain there’s a double standard in which they ultimately pay even if the carrier is to blame for the change.

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A United Airlines plane with the Continental Airlines logo on its tail, taxis to the runway at O'Hare International airport in Chicago October 1, 2010. Frank Polich / Reuters


Airlines say they have been making more schedule changes because there’s been so much turbulence in the industry—mergers and partnerships, planes getting pulled out of weak markets and sent to stronger routes, and the closing of hubs in cities like Cleveland and Memphis, Tenn.

Airlines sell tickets as much as 11 months in advance, but rarely end up flying the same schedules they sold.

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