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Fare Hikes Withdrawn

April 12, 1999

Continental Airlines Inc., UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc. and America West Holdings Corp. rescinded increases on domestic leisure and business fares because other major airlines didn't match them. Continental began the increases Friday, boosting leisure fares 3% and business fares 1%, to try to make up for rising fuel costs, and was quickly matched by the other three airlines.

The carriers had rolled back their fares by Sunday, said Tom Parsons, an analyst who tracks airline ticket prices. The carriers rescinded the hikes because Northwest Airlines Corp., US Airways Group Inc., AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Trans World Airlines Inc. hadn't matched them, Parsons said. Airlines typically raise fares on a Friday and watch during the weekend to see if competitors follow. If none do, the increase is usually withdrawn.

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