With corporate buyers' frustration at reducing air travel costs at an all-time high and airlines mired in an unprecedented slump, companies in several communities are re-investigating alternatives to negotiated contracts. In February, about 20 corporations in Detroit, representing an annual air spend ranging from $20 million to $300 million, met with Kevin Mitchell, Business Travel Coalition chairman, to discuss consortium buying and other options. In June, Mitchell met with a similar group ...

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