Why smaller airports are shrinking

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    Why smaller airports are shrinking

    May 17th 2013, 10:30 by N.B. | WASHINGTON, D.C.
    WHAT'S happening to America's smaller airports? Since 2007 they have seen greater percentage drops in flight and passenger numbers than bigger hubs, according to astudy released last week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And though it may be tempting to attribute that shift to the global economic downturn, the real reasons are significantly more interesting.
    First, rising fuel costs have made shorter trips, especially those by the small aircraft that tend to serve small airports, less profitable. As Gulliver noted last July, that fact even affected Delta Air Lines' new contract with its pilots union, which will cut the number of small 50-seat jets in the fleet by nearly 50% and accelerate a transition to 117-seat Boeing 707s.

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    Wow!! Can't wait for those new Delta 707s!!!
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