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Asiana post loss as NKorea, bird flu dent travel

Asiana Airlines post second straight quarterly loss as NKorea, bird flu dent travel demand

Asiana post loss as NKorea, bird flu dent travel

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asiana Airlines Inc., operator of the jet that crash landed in San Francisco last month, reported a second straight quarterly loss as North Korean war threats and a bird flu scare dented travel.

South Korea's No. 2 carrier said Friday its April-June net loss widened to 80 billion won ($72 million) from 48 billion won in the previous quarter.

Analysts forecast a loss of 32 billion won.

Asiana blamed lower travel demand after a torrent of war threats from North Korea in March and April dampened Japanese travel to South Korea.

A bird flu scare dented South Korean travel to China, Asiana's key market.

The July 6 crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 killed three Chinese passengers and injured dozens.