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OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDES REPORTS: NUMBER OF AIRFARES AND SCHEDULE CHANGES INCREASE IN JULY

 OAK BROOK, Ill., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest figures released by the Official Airline Guides indicate the height of the summer travel season as the number of airline fares and schedule changes increased in July.
 OAG, a leading travel information company, maintains flight schedules and processes fares of airlines worldwide. Increasing figures in July include the number of airfares in the OAG database, airfare changes and schedule changes. The most dramatic increase was seen in the number of domestic airfare changes, which rose by 1.2 million, an increase of 32 percent over the same period last year.
 In July 1993, the number of airline schedule changes increased by approximately 135,000 over July 1992. Airfares in the OAG database overall also rose from 5.8 million in 1992 to 6.3 million in 1993 with domestic airfares increasing from 3.3 million to 3.7 million and international airfares rising from 2.5 million to 2.6 million.
 "July was a month marked with overall increases in airline schedules and fares," said David M. Emery, executive vice president of OAG. "These numbers mirror the increases seen in July 1992 pegging July as a very popular month for summer travel."
 Through July 1993, OAG processed 3.1 million airline schedule changes, an increase of approximately 3 million changes over the same period last year. However, the number of airfare changes through July 1993 is down, by approximately 24 percent, than through July 1992. The only other decline reported this month was in the total number of direct flight schedules which fell by about 23,000 flights.
 In June, 769 airlines reported schedule information to OAG, compared to 741 airlines in June 1992. A detailed listing of OAG schedule and airfare transactions follows:
 OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDES
 July 1993
 Airline Fare And Schedule Activity
 YTD YTD
 1993 July June Average Cumulative
 Airlines Reported 769 764 755
 Airfares in OAG Database:
 Domestic 3,685,489 3,097,857 3,366,663
 International 2,571,519 2,521,671 2,673,730
 TOTAL 6,257,008 5,619,528 6,040,393
 Airfare Changes:
 Domestic 4,979,246 2,219,829 3,044,949 21,314,644
 International 1,256,264 1,070,559 1,788,718 12,521,024
 TOTAL 6,235,510 3,290,388 4,833,667 33,835,668
 Airline Schedules
 in OAG Database:
 North America-
 Direct 70,592 66,724 68,982
 Worldwide-Direct 93,042 89,257 91,610
 TOTAL-Direct 163,634 155,981 160,592
 Airline Schedule
 Changes: 488,054 369,373 441,009 3,087,060
 YTD YTD
 1992 July Average Cumulative
 Airline Reported 741 729
 Airfares in OAG Database:
 Domestic 3,346,983 3,438,154
 International 2,460,483 2,597,514
 TOTAL 5,807,466 6,035,668
 Airfare Changes:
 Domestic 3,399,130 3,839,960 26,879,722
 International 2,106,359 2,475,857 17,331,001
 TOTAL 5,505,489 6,315,817 44,210,723
 Airline Schedules
 in OAG Database:
 North America-
 Direct 63,273 66,860
 Worldwide-Direct 123,297 103,674
 TOTAL-Direct 186,570 170,534
 Airline Schedule
 Changes: 353,211 408,535 2,859,746
 -0- 8/23/93
 /CONTACT: Peter Duckler or Pamela Larson, both of HLB Communications, 312-649-0371/


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