Fees set a record in 1st quar­ter

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

U. S. air­lines con­tinue to col­lect record fees from pas­sen­gers who check suit­cases or make changes to their reser­va­tions.

In the f irst three months of this year, air­lines took in $ 1.6 bil­lion in such fees, up 7.4% from the same pe­riod last year.

That’s the high­est amount for the first quar­ter since bag fees started in 2008, ac­cord­ing to data from the Bureau of Trans­porta­tion Sta­tis­tics.

Jan­uary through March is tra­di­tion­ally the slow­est pe­riod for air travel.

The fees climbed, in part, be­cause more pas­sen­gers f lew at the start of the year — 3.2% more seats were f illed.

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