Getting back to normal may be most difficult for the airlines, which were so drastically impacted by the attacks that upwards of 100,000 layoffs have since occurred. But, with the exception of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which had opened only on a restricted basis, the major airports were at 80 to 90 percent of pre-Sept. 11 operational capacity. Along with the initial $15 billion in federal assistance to help stem the industry’s financial woes, the individual airlines have ...

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