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US airport congestion now a common occurrence

Airlines merging and consolidating operations in fewer hubs have left four big carriers controlling about 80% of airlines' seat capacity, down from 11 in 2005

While the number of passengers keeps growing every year, airlines are not increasing seat supplies much, which means planes are growing more crowded.

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THANKSGIVING weekend has traditionally been the busiest time of the year for air travel, but that distinction is quickly becoming a thing of the past. With airlines merging and consolidating operations in fewer hubs, congestion that was once characteristic of the holiday is...

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