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December 9, 2002

Albany - What does United Airline's bankruptcy mean for travelers who already have tickets? Albany Travel Agency Agent, Margaret Wilson, says, "Those who have it for spring holiday, a lot more iffy, but they'll know soon enough what's gonna happen."

United Airlines is losing $20 million dollars a day. The company had to seek bankruptcy protection just to keep flying.

Wilson is feeling some bumps with United Airlines' financial turbulence. She says, "I think they should be concerned and they need to call their travel agent and have us be aware of it and checking status on flights."

From Atlanta, United only flies to four other U.S. airports. Wilson explains, "United is not a big base for Atlanta, so we really only have about ten people booked on United between now and end of May."

But, those travelers have plans and most are going skiing. Wilson says, "The only thing it will affect those who are trying to do Colorado trips." She says, United is the main carrier into Colorado and they're the only airline that flies into small mountain towns, like Aspen and Vail. Wilson gives advice, "My suggestion find something close enough to Denver that you could drive."

United has promised to keep flying while it goes though the bumpy air. Wilson believes those who have booked a flight for Christmas or New Years should be okay, but other travelers will have to wait and see as United makes more decisions.

United operates 20 percent of all U.S. flights.

posted at 5:09PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com