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Delta Air Lines reports revenue uptick from no-frills tickets

Delta Air Lines reports revenue uptick from no-frills tickets

The idea of a no-frills airline ticket that can’t be changed or upgraded and probably lands you in a cramped middle seat may sound unappealing, but it is making Delta Air Lines executives happy.

The carrier launched the so-called basic economy fare in 2012 and later expanded it to about 1,650 of Delta’s roughly 20,000 domestic routes. It was created to compete with low-cost carriers such as Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines, which are threatening to steal budget-minded fliers away from the big carriers.

The airline announced recently that the no-frills ticket has generated $20 million in incremental revenue in the first three months of 2016, and...

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