Airline fees, it can get worse

June 28, 2008 6:32:22 PM PDT
It will be a turbulent end of the summer for the nation's airline industry.As jet fuel prices continue to rise, analysts say passengers will likely face more fees and more service cuts.

Eyewitness News reporter Thalia Patillo has the story from LaGuardia airport.

"You had to pay $6 each to get a seat otherwise you had no seat," traveler Anthea Jones said. "I've never heard that before."

Anthea Jones says she was pretty upset when she realized she was being charged a $6 dollar fee for her seat at check in.

Its all new says analysts as airlines introduce service fees and air travelers start seeing price hikes, less service and fewer flights in the coming months

"Once fuel prices started to increase there was really nothing airlines could do but cut flights out of their schedule and increase fares," Travel Industry Analyst Jared Blank said.

Most recently Delta, Southwest and United all added fare increases ranging anywhere from a few dollars to 40 dollars.

Blank says we're going to see the worst of it come Thanksgiving and the holidays when we'll see far more crowded planes.

"This is probably as bad as its going to get unless fuel prices keep getting higher," Blank said. "It can get worse before it gets better."

The cuts are expected to reduce flights across the board. Already United Airline and American Airline announced plans to cut service to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Air travelers at LaGuardia seemed to be informed about the changes ahead

"I was telling my family we're going to have to take a 'stay vacation,'" passenger Lela Cruz Ponce said. "Just stay at home because we can't afford to fly anywhere not even basic places like Dallas...usually cheap."

Blank suggests buying tickets 45 - 60 days in advance to save money and checking fares leaving airports such as Islip and Philadelphia.

It will be a turbulent end of the summer for the nation's airline industry.

As jet fuel prices continue to rise, analysts say passengers will likely face more fees and more service cuts.

Eyewitness News reporter Thalia Patillo has the story from LaGuardia airport.

"You had to pay $6 each to get a seat otherwise you had no seat," traveler Anthea Jones said. "I've never heard that before."

Anthea Jones says she was pretty upset when she realized she was being charged a $6 dollar fee for her seat at check in.

Its all new says analysts as airlines introduce service fees and air travelers start seeing price hikes, less service and fewer flights in the coming months

"Once fuel prices started to increase there was really nothing airlines could do but cut flights out of their schedule and increase fares," Travel Industry Analyst Jared Blank said.

Most recently Delta, Southwest and United all added fare increases ranging anywhere from a few dollars to 40 dollars.

Blank says we're going to see the worst of it come Thanksgiving and the holidays when we'll see far more crowded planes.

"This is probably as bad as its going to get unless fuel prices keep getting higher," Blank said. "It can get worse before it gets better."

The cuts are expected to reduce flights across the board. Already United Airline and American Airline announced plans to cut service to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Air travelers at LaGuardia seemed to be informed about the changes ahead

"I was telling my family we're going to have to take a 'stay vacation,'" passenger Lela Cruz Ponce said. "Just stay at home because we can't afford to fly anywhere not even basic places like Dallas...usually cheap."

Blank suggests buying tickets 45 - 60 days in advance to save money and checking fares leaving airports such as Islip and Philadelphia.


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