Airline Fees Are Fueling Carriers' Profits

All those add-on fees add billions to airlines’ bottom lines
Illustration by Dan Woodger

High fares used to be a flyer’s only worry. But in 2013, airlines also took in $23.7 billion in a la carte fees for food, baggage, seat preference, and other services, estimates consultant IdeaWorks. That’s about double airline profit forecasts.

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