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# Since the deregulation of the air travel industry in the late 1970s

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Since the deregulation of the air travel industry in the late 1970s, airfares have been relatively low and the number of passenger-miles flown has been increasing. In recent months, however, airfares have risen but the number of passenger-miles flown is still going up.

Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the statements above?

A. The cost of air travel does not affect the number of passenger-miles flown.
B. People are now flying to destinations that they formerly reached by train or by other modes of transportation.
C. Factors other than low air fares must be contributing to the rise in the number of passenger-miles flown.
D. Takeovers in the deregulated air travel industry have been responsible for the rise in airfares.
E. Airfares can climb even higher without causing a drop in the number of passenger-miles flown.

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21 Dec 2017, 13:37
A. The cost of air travel does not affect the number of passenger-miles flown. Cannot be inferred - there could be a price point where number of miles flown decreases
B. People are now flying to destinations that they formerly reached by train or by other modes of transportation. not discussed
C. Factors other than low air fares must be contributing to the rise in the number of passenger-miles flown. correct -- miles flown continues to increase, and it is not due to the low-cost flights as prices have increased
D. Takeovers in the deregulated air travel industry have been responsible for the rise in airfares. not discussed
E. Airfares can climb even higher without causing a drop in the number of passenger-miles flown. not discussed
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21 Dec 2017, 13:40
kb009 wrote:
A. The cost of air travel does not affect the number of passenger-miles flown. Cannot be inferred - there could be a price point where number of miles flown decreases
B. People are now flying to destinations that they formerly reached by train or by other modes of transportation. not discussed
C. Factors other than low air fares must be contributing to the rise in the number of passenger-miles flown. correct -- miles flown continues to increase, and it is not due to the low-cost flights as prices have increased
D. Takeovers in the deregulated air travel industry have been responsible for the rise in airfares. not discussed
E. Airfares can climb even higher without causing a drop in the number of passenger-miles flown. not discussed

Thanks for explanation. i think A could be a correct answers since specifically mentioned in the question that no price affect. I am confused
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21 Dec 2017, 13:53
SSSNW -- I don't think that it necessarily means that no price will affect miles flown. Prices could still continue to rise to a higher point, and at that point passenger miles can decrease.

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Since the deregulation of the air travel industry in the late 1970s, airfares have been relatively low and the number of passenger-miles flown has been increasing.

The sentence above does not directly say that passengers are flying more miles because of low prices. But because prices have increased as well as the passenger miles, we know that there is another reason that passenger miles are being flown that is not related to low flight cost.

I hope this explanation makes more sense!
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