Good News and Bad News for Airlines in 2007

Whether you are taking to the air a couple of times in 2007, or you plan to be a frequent flier, you are probably wondering what to expect from the friendly skies this year.

Analysts say there is both good news and bad news.

The good news: the airline industry as a whole is doing better and that means more stability for customers.

The bad news: airlines still cannot beat Mother Nature.

“Airlines didn't over expand, fares didn't go up as much as they could have and airlines started to make money,” explains Boyd Group Travel Analyst Michael Boyd. “If you have a weather delay of any kind, say thunderstorms in Chicago or snow in Denver, it shuts down a lot of flying.”

Boyd says weather delays will continue to send a ripple effect through flying this year, because airlines are operating with very few, if any, empty seats on most flights.

There is one other thing to worry about as well: your luggage. Strict guidelines from the TSA mean more checked baggage and that means more lost luggage complaints.

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