US passenger airlines' costs rose 5% year-over-year in the 2010 third quarter, the third straight reporting period that saw costs increase, according to the latest Airline Cost Index released Thursday by the US Air Transport Assn. The three largest cost components were fuel, labor and transport-related expenses, ATA said. It noted that "improvements in fuel efficiency, labor productivity and revenue generation helped offset the higher composite costs, pushing the break-even load ...

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