US Airline Earnings Are Up 21.5% in 2019 So Far

Cheap fuel and a strong economy provide third-quarter boost

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The airline industry posted its 26th consecutive after-tax profit today.

U.S. airlines had a healthy third quarter, with a 21.5% increase over last year’s earnings from the same time period according to third-quarter airline financial data released today by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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