US airlines yesterday warned of rising fuel costs and a slowing US economy, with Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines reducing planned 2008 capacity growth and Delta Air Lines projecting that it could post an operating loss in the fourth quarter. US carriers, which have returned to profitability in the past 18 months, appear to be bracing for a weak US economic environment in the new year. CO lowered its capacity growth estimate for full-year 2008 to 2%-3% from previous guidance of ...

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