Tuesday, January 19, 2010

U.S. Airline Passengers Tipped to Face Higher Prices This Year

U.S. airline passengers should prepare for paying higher checked-bag fees and fuel surcharges in 2010 as the industry tries to return to profit. Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc. are raising the cost to check a first and second bag this month, reported Bloomberg. The higher fees follow recent $20 increase in the round-trip fuel surcharge on flights between the U.S. and Europe by the five biggest carriers with international service.

“Passengers will face higher prices as we go through this year,” David Swierenga, president of consultant AeroEcon in Round Rock, Texas, told Bloomberg. “The airlines recorded a big loss again in 2009, and they were unable to raise prices through most of that year.”
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Source: Eye for Travel

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