Travel through Tucson airport still up for the year

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In spite of a downturn in air travel during the months of June and July, passenger traffic at Tucson International Airport (TIA) for the first seven months of 2008 is up 1.23% compared with last year.

Allin says the impact of nationwide airline flight reductions for the fall and winter seasons will begin to be felt in September, as airlines reduce seat capacity in an effort to regain profitability. "For TIA, this will mean about an 18% loss of available seats," says Allin. "While we are disappointed that current economic conditions are resulting in the loss of several recently added nonstop destinations, Tucsonans will continue to have excellent travel options and competitive fares from TIA."