Fees set a record in 1st quarter
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.