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Airlines gain more than $2.5 billion in baggage fees

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Baggage fees may irritate you, but airlines sure aren’t complaining.

Airlines have raked in more than $2.5 billion so far this year on baggage fees alone, a number up 22.5 percent since this time last year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

And fees will continue to climb as long as the market will bear it, said Michael Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting firm.

“For the average passenger, you are paying more,” Boyd said. “These ancillary revenues are making airlines profitable. But it’s the name of the game. People are paying it, people aren’t revolting, and so they’ll be there forever.”

Full story: Airline baggage fees top $2.5 billion