Airline ticket sales through Arlington, Va.-based Airlines Reporting Corp. fell 16.8% in August compared to the year-ago period to $5.16 billion while the volume of total transactions was down 1.7%. Figures represented a very slight sequential decline compared to the performance in July, when transactions were off less than 1% year-over-year and sales decreased 16.7% (ATWOnline, Aug. 14). Total fares, excluding taxes and fees, dropped 17% to $4.38 billion in August compared to August 2008. ...

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