Airlines offer lightest fall schedules since 2001

DALLAS - The U.S. airline industry is shrinking to a size not seen since the months after the 2001 terror attacks.

The airlines have been trimming flights for the past two years, matching the falling demand for air travel. Additional capacity cuts are under way at American, the nation’s second-largest carrier, and at No. 3 United.

It could get worse.


The aviation industry is always last to recover.