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(Bloomberg) -- United Continental Holdings Inc. is likelyto take at least a $265 million financial hit from Hurricane Harvey because of the carrier’s reliance onHouston as one of its biggest hubs, an airline analyst said.

The third-largest U.S. carrier’s seat count will fall anestimated 1.5% in the current quarter because of the storm, withlittle opportunity to recoup lost sales, Helane Becker of Cowen& Co. said in a report Tuesday. Houston’s GeorgeBush Intercontinental Airport is one of United’s largest hubs,accounting for about 17% of the airline’s capacity.

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