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Continental joins the crowd, cuts schedule

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  June 5, 2008 10:28 AM

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Good morning, travelers. Continental said that it is cutting 3,000 jobs and reducing its flight schedule in the fourth quarter by 11 percent. Continental currently carries 4.2 percent of the passengers at Logan (and they anticipate being able to talk details about schedule changes as early as next week so stay tuned).
This comes just a day after our friends at United said they would trim their domestic schedule 17 percent by the end of 2009, two days after Delta said it would need to cut flights beyond the 11 percent already announced.
Oh, and let's not forget American who, a couple weeks ago, announced its plans to reduce flights 12 percent.
What these guys are doing is getting rid of unprofitable routes and grounding older, more fuel-guzzling planes -- we here in the US have the unenviable distinction of possessing among the oldest fleets flying.
With all these cancellations, more and more travelers, who made reservations before the reductions were announced, are going to have their itineraries involuntary shifted.
I took a quick look yesterday at what this will mean. If you missed it, here it is.

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