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AIRLINES SEE IMPROVEMENT, YET FEES KEEP COMING…

Posted on 06 September 2010

After more than two years of slumping demand and declining airfares, the U.S. airline industry is beginning to see signs of recovery. But don’t expect the airlines to cut you a break on fees. Total passenger numbers in May jumped nearly 3% from the same month last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. But airlines are not forgoing new passenger fees. “Most of the fees we see are here to stay,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, a travel Web site that keeps track of airline fees. He noted that despite improvements in the business climate, the airline industry still relies heavily on fees to stay out of the red.

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