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European air traffic falls amid economic gloom

By SLOBODAN LEKIC

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of commercial flights in Europe will continue to fall this year because of the continent’s economic troubles, air traffic agency Eurocontrol said Wednesday.

The agency forecast there will be a total of 9.7 million flights across Europe in 2012, 1.3 percent less than last year. Trans-Atlantic flights from Germany, France, Britain, and other cities are expected to drop 1.4 percent.

Eurocontrol said the downturn, which began in 2008, will last into next year. It predicted that the peak of 10 million flights in 2008 will not be reached again until at least 2014.

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