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Missed Connections II

In 2002, we examined trends in air service in the United States in the 12 months following the September 11 attacks. We found a steep and continuing drop in air travel, and an overall reduction in the number of flights supplied. Using the industry standard data base, the Official Airline Guide (OAG), we examined air service levels at individual airports, and ranked them by both flights reduced and reduced seat availability within three airport categories: large hub, small and medium hub and non-hub commercial service airports.

A year has passed, and we felt it timely to review our findings from late 2002. Congress has still not completed its efforts to reauthorize the federal transport legislation, although it completed the aviation bill this fall,  without, however, addressing the fundamental issues raised in this report.