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Airline ‘extras’ continue to soar

5 November 2012

Airlines around the world will collect an estimated 27.8 billion in extra fees and charges this year.

The figure represents an increase of 11 per cent on last year’s total, and is nearly 40 per cent more than carriers received in 2010.

With total airline income remaining stagnant during that time, it also illustrates just how dependent many airlines have become on “‘ancillary’” revenue, from baggage charges and administration fees to car hire sales and in-flight food and drink, to maintain their profits.

Airlines claim such charges allow them to keep headline fares low, but passengers often complain that they reduce transparency and make it more difficult to compare fares.

Which airline fees are worth the extramoney?

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