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Norwegian airline taxes cause customers to seek alternative travel.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Airlines in Norway have witnessed a decline in summer traffic due to increased passenger taxes implemented in April.

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Braathens and Wideroe carried 762,000 passengers this July, 58,000 fewer than in July 2000. Braathens and Wideroe experienced declines of 12.8% and 10.6% in passenger numbers respectively, while SAS suffered a 1.9% fall in Norwegian traffic.

Braathens may consider adjusting routes, but nothing will be decided until the Norwegian competition authority makes a decision on the possible takeover of the airline by SAS, reported the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten.

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