Airlines cut flights, employees

June 5, 2008 3:41:59 PM PDT
It's going to be a long, hot summer for air travelers.

Thursday continental joined a growing list of airlines slashing jobs and reducing flights.

No word on whether Continental will cut any of its five flights out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, but passengers are bracing themselves for higher prices.

"The prices actually in my opinion aren't bad," Air traveler, Jared Philcocks said.

Airlines wish more passengers felt that way, but lately desperate times have called for desperate measures.

As temperatures rise, so does the cost of jet fuel. And that has continental cutting three thousand jobs and several flights.

Alison Franks is flying continental airlines to houston and without the direct flight.

"I don't know, I would've been very mad," Franks said.

But RDU passenger's fond of United Airline's direct flight to Denver will be out of luck at the end of the summer. It's slashing jobs and flights to cut cost as well.

"In the end, it's going to be the customer that ends up suffering. They can do layoffs, but they can only do so many if they want to continue the flights," RDU passenger, Julia Ferguson said.

Passengers say they are already feeling the pinch when it comes to new fees for baggage.

A disappointment for those hoping air travel would actually save them money.

"We were flying because of the price of gas, because it was cheaper for us to fly to Texas rather than drive. Ferguson said. This is probably going to be our last trip."


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