Five years of jet fuel spikes, expensive and intrusive security upgrades and unrelenting competition have left the airline industry bruised but not beaten. In fact, maybe"”just maybe"”better times lie ahead in 2007 thanks to lower fuel prices and the anticipated end of painful restructuring that has resulted in lower costs for Delta Air Lines and its competitors.
Positive business news for the airlines could spell some welcome stability for business travelers, says Michael Boyd, an aviation consultant and owner of Boyd Group.

"Airlines will be making money in 2007 unless we see oil prices going back up over $70 a barrel," he suggests. "Fares won't drop, but there may be some additional air service."

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