Fewer People Flying, But Fees Fatten Airline Revenue By $3.8 Billion

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U.S. airlines are raking in more money this year from extra fees, although fewer people are flying.In the first six months of this year, the airlines collected $3.8 billion for checking bags, canceling or rebooking flights, carrying pets and assigning seats, the latest data from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show. That’s up from $2.3 billion for the first half of 2008.

 

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