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Winners & Losers: Airlines Cut Seats, and It’s Going to Hurt

September 22, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Destinations,Holiday Travel,Travel Tips

We knew it was coming – airlines slashing seats or “cutting capacity” as they like to say.

So what?

I’ll tell you what. Seating capacity is a way for the airlines to control pricing -fewer seats means more of them will be filled, and prices can be raised. Supply and demand, pure and simple.

See our holiday travel chart with the “biggest loser” cities, as well as one very big winner in the cheap flight sweepstakes.

Losers include Cincinnati, which will have lost 23% percent of its seats by the day before Thanksgiving 2009, compared to the day before the holiday, last year — and Hartford is second on the list, down 14% — followed closely by Tampa, down 12%.

The big winner? Milwaukee – it gained nearly 30% more seats in the past year.

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