Airlines expect to continue expanding extra fees for flying basics at rapid pace

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Airline revenue from add-ons to ticket sales jumped to almost $22 billion last year and continues to soar as more carriers chase extra sources of income, according to a study to be released Tuesday.

Faced with rising fuel prices and intense competitive pressure to hold down airfares, a growing number of carriers world-wide are charging passengers for services once included in ticket prices, such as baggage and food. Carriers are also finding new revenue sources, such as in-flight Internet connections and access to airport lounges that were previously restricted to loyal customers.

Full story: Extra Airline Fees a Growth Market – Wall Street Journal

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