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Cindy Loose

The special attention given to air travel by top officials, including President Bush, seems to have paid off. The big question: Will the same measures be instituted over the Christmas holidays? It looks like YES.

First, Thanksgiving travel. Major measures included the opening of military air space for commercial flights, and adding air traffic controllers. Weather cooperated, apparently without government intervention, and it appears to have been a pretty smooth holiday for most air travelers.

Travel expert Terry Trippler, using flight departure and landing information reported to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, figured out that between Saturday, Nov. 17, and Monday, Nov. 26, fewer than 1%
of flights were canceled and over 79% operated on time -- meaning they were less than 15 minutes late.

Says Trippler: "79% is pretty darn good for July but it's absolutely outstanding for Thanksgiving week!"

So what's up for Christmas? No announcement yet, but sources at the Department of Transportation say they are talking with the Department of Defense about using military air space -- the biggest hint we've heard so far that indicates that officials will be trying to repeat the Thanksgiving success.

By Cindy Loose |  December 4, 2007; 7:04 AM ET  | Category:  Air Travel , Cindy Loose
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