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Passenger fees grow and expand to almost every airline, study says
Passenger fees grow and expand to almost every airline, study says

The latest study on passenger fees collected by the world’s airlines reached a predictable conclusion: Airlines are pocketing more than ever. The annual tally by IdeaWorksCompany, a Wisconsin-based consultant to the airline industry, found that 59 airlines collected $31.5 billion in fees in 2013, compared to $27.1 billion for 53 airlines in 2012. More surprising, the study said that the practice of charging extra fees to check bags, upgrade to roomier seats and collect loyalty reward points, among other charges, has spread to nearly every carrier in the world. One of the last holdouts, British Airways, began last year to charge a checked bag fee for short-haul flights from...

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