US carriers have started to cut services from non-performing routes in a bid to offset high fuel costs and the threat of declining travel demand. Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have scaled back some of their planned flying this year, with more capacity cuts expected. United Continental Holdings and Delta have both planned service cuts with international joint-venture partners for the fourth quarter. AMR Corp, parent of American Airlines, is restricting growth to key hubs and on routes that are important to business travellers.

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