US limit of 75% of flights by airlines pushed to April

The Federal Aviation Administration announced it is extending through next April its order limiting airlines to about 75 percent of their normal daily flights. The action, caused by the nationwide air traffic controllers strike, will allow the airlines to publish definite flight schedules between September and April, the FAA said.

Some airlines, meantime, said they are increasing passenger load by using their bigger planes more often to increase the number of passengers they can carry despite the reduced schedule. Trans World Airlines said it hopes to retain 90 percent of its passenger capacity by using larger aircraft.

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