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Southwest raises airfares, citing higher fuel costs

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Southwest Airlines, the Dallas-based airline that bills itself as the nation’s biggest low-price carrier, announced a $10 round-trip fare increase to offset higher fuel costs.

This is the latest of several airfare increases since December.

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Several airlines, including Continental, Delta and United, matched the domestic airfare hike of $4 to $10 launched this month by American Airlines.

Last week Delta launched a $120 round trip fare increase on business-class tickets, and several other airlines followed suit. But by this week, United Airlines and Continental Airlines canceled the business-class fare increase, prompting other airlines to either scale back or kill the raise completely.

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