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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Robin Urbanski
Airlines ratcheted up the pressure on fliers ahead of the holiday weekend, significantly raising ticket prices to offset the runaway cost of fuel. The three biggest carriers each boosted most domestic fares by up to $60 for a round trip, while budget airline AirTran Airways raised its leisure fares by $30 round trip.
NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines said yesterday it increased ticket prices for the second time in a week, adding to its bet that customers will absorb an unrelenting rise in fuel costs.
CHICAGO (AP) — A computer malfunction at United Airlines halted all departures for two hours yesterday, forcing the delay or cancellation of nearly 300 flights, the carrier said.
Spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the airline did not know the cause of the problem, which affected the systems United uses to dispatch flights for departure.
"We are very sorry for the inconvenience today's computer outage caused our customers," Miss Urbanski said yesterday afternoon. "We continue to work hard to resume operations by tomorrow morning and kindly ask for our customers' patience."