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Airline Cutbacks Forcing Passengers To Be Flexible With Travel Plans

Posted October 23, 2002 10:01 a.m. EDT

— Travelers who have waited to book a plane ticket for Thanksgiving may not be able to find what they are looking for.

In recent weeks, Delta, United and US Airways have all announced cutbucks. Most airlines have reduced flights by up to 20 percent over the past year.

Most travelers go online to book plane tickets these days, but now, some travel agents say they are seeing an increase in phone calls because people cannot find what they are looking for online.

"Because flights have been cut back, the times that were desirable before may not be there, so they are having to change their travel plans," travel agent Dawn Gibson said.

Travel agents agree that most times, online sites are the cheapest way to buy tickets, but recently Gibson said she has booked tickets cheaper than the Internet. Her advice to passengers is to just shop around.