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Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer

Air travelers are paying more to fly in the United States this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period.

Carriers are offering fewer flights, have dropped routes to certain cities, and in some cases are flying smaller planes on trips in the United States amid strong demand, helping to boost summer fares 4.5 percent from a year ago.

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