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Airline group sees 1.5 percent rise in summer travel

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By DAVID KOENIG
AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- An airline industry trade group says that even with higher fares, more people will fly this summer than last year, especially overseas.

The Air Transport Association said Monday that it expects 206 million passengers will travel on US airlines in June, July and August, a 1.5 percent increase over the same months in 2010.

If the forecast is right, travel will remain below pre-recession levels. In 2007, US airlines carried a record 217 million summer travelers.

Major airlines increased fares seven times since the start of the year as fuel prices rose.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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