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OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDES REPORTS 19.3 MILLION AIRFARE CHANGES; 1.9 MILLION FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES THROUGH APRIL

 OAK BROOK, Ill., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Official Airline Guides, the travel information company that maintains flight schedules and processes fares of airlines worldwide, today reported it processed 19.3 million airfare changes through April, approximately 34 percent fewer than 29.3 million during the same period last year. OAG also said 1.9 million flight schedule changes were processed, about 100,000 more than during the same period last year.
 One year after a move in April 1992 by American Airlines to simplify domestic airfares, there were an average 400,000 fewer domestic fares and almost four million fewer domestic airfare changes. Airfare changes in April 1993 were 2.2 million compared to 5.9 million in April 1992.
 Direct flight schedule changes in April, at 538,201, decreased from 552,060 in April 1992. The number of direct flights also decreased from 158,655 to 157,014.
 This April, 751 airlines reported schedule information to OAG, compared to 729 airlines in April 1992.
 "Clearly, although volume of fare changes is still very high, the rate of change has slowed down compared to last year," said David M. Emery, executive vice president for OAG. "While there are plenty of spot airfare skirmishes, the number of domestic airfares has remained fairly steady," he added.
 A detailed listing of OAG schedule and airfare transactions follows.
 OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDES
 April 1993
 Airline Fare and Schedule Activity
 1993
 April March YTD YTD
 Average Cumulative
 Airlines reported 751 752 750
 Airlines in OAG:
 Database:
 Domestic 3,204,066 3,798,728 3,316,194
 International 2,791,504 2,914,121 2,783,320
 Total 5,995,570 6,712,849 6,099,514
 Airfare changes:
 Domestic 2,183,675 3,522,435 2,877,393 11,509,572
 International 1,680,252 2,721,824 1,939,170 7,756,680
 Total 3,863,927 6,244,259 4,816,563 19,266,252
 Airline schedules in
 OAG database:
 North America-direct 67,047 65,934 67,686
 Worldwide -direct 89,967 86,719 91,900
 Total -direct 157,014 152,653 159,586
 Airline schedule
 changes 538,201 415,752 463,942 1,855,769
 1992
 YTD YTD
 April Average Cumulative
 Airlines reported 729 725
 Airlines in OAG:
 Database:
 Domestic 3,626,578 3,829,715
 International 2,876,553 2,702,653
 Total 6,503,131 6,532,368
 Airfare changes:
 Domestic 5,902,109 4,505,314 18,021,256
 International 3,549,487 2,825,848 11,303,391
 Total 9,451,596 7,331,162 29,324,647
 Airline schedules
 in OAG database:
 North America-direct 65,774 67,274
 Worldwide -direct 92,881 102,567
 Total -direct 158,655 169,841
 Airline schedule
 changes 552,060 433,852 1,735,409
 NOTE: April OAG activity indicates what airline schedules and fares will be in May.
 -0- 5/10/93
 /CONTACT: Cheryl Treleaven or Pamela Larson of HLB Communications, 312-649-0371, for Official Airline Guides/


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