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By Christopher Elliott • May 5, 2006 Originally published Jan 1, 2003

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If you're a business traveler, 2002 was a year you'dprobably rather forget-between bankruptcy filings by airlines andcar rental companies, service cutbacks and security delays. Willthis year be any better? Experts think it may be just as difficult.A recovery in corporate travel may not come for another 12months.

Airlines: Lowfares will vanish, as could some carriers. "As airlines cutschedules, there will be fewer low-cost tickets," predicts PAConsulting airline analyst Addison Schonland. He believes 2003could be the year of the no-frills carrier. Just in time: Somebigger airlines may not survive.

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