Corporate Meetings & Incentives: Is the industry in crisis? Mitchell: Look at the statistics. Last year [U.S] airlines carried 769 million passengers, and that's projected to increase to a billion by 2015. And we're already gridlocked. Look at what happened to those passengers when the American Airlines flights were canceled. [In April, American was forced to cancel thousands of flights because of safety inspections.] There were no extra aircraft, no extra seats with the competition, so ...

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