“I've never, in my 30 years in the industry, seen anything as bad as what we're going through now,” says Darryl Jenkins, director of The Aviation Institute at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. “We don't see a letup in the short term, and we're not sure that it won't get worse.”How much worse could it get? The year 2000 was a high-water mark for air travel. Today, traffic is 10 percent below that level, according to a spokesperson for the Air Transport Association (ATA), a ...

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