Continuing tough economic conditions in Europe showed up in the half-yearly traffic summary released by the Association of European Airlines (AEA). The AEA, which represents the interests of 32 European carriers, reported that scheduled passenger numbers in the first half grew 2.9 million to just over 176 million, or 1.7% up compared to the year-ago period. Long-haul passenger traffic to/from Europe increased 3%, while international short- and medium-haul traffic (which includes the ...

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