NEW YORK -- Major carriers to Europe reported "continued strong
business from the U.S. despite the war in Kosovo," the European
Travel Commission (ETC) here said.
The ETC said that the carriers it surveyed reported no
significant decrease in bookings or cancellations to Europe
overall. However, they were not asked whether specific gateways
were experiencing losses.
The carriers surveyed were Air France, Alitalia, American,
British Airways, Continental, Delta, Iberia, Northwest/KLM, SAS and
United, which collectively account for more than half of the
U.S.-originating traffic to Europe.
The air appraisal contrasts with reports from several U.S.-based
tour operator firms that reported 15%-plus declines in
Mediterranean- and eastern Europe-area bookings since the start of
the NATO action, the ETC said. Escorted tours and cruises combined
account for about 25% of all U.S. leisure travelers visiting
Europe, the ETC said.