Airline industry optimism hurt by surging oil prices


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Airline industry optimism hurt by surging oil prices
Whatever relief airlines hoped to receive from lower oil prices this winter is quickly disappearing. As the second-quarter reporting season wraps up, carriers have warned again that fuel, which is right up there with personnel as their biggest cost, is headed higher in the third and fourth quarters. That would put overall fuel costs for 2007 as high or even higher than they were in 2006. (AP)

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