5:48 am December 18, 2009, by Henry Unger
Fees for checked bags, reservation changes and other services may hurt consumer pocketbooks these days, but they have become a significant source of revenue for Atlanta’s top two airlines., AJC staffer Kelly Yamanouchi writes.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines had the highest “ancillary revenues” per passenger in the third quarter among major airlines ranked in a federal report. It brought in $24 per passenger in such revenue, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics report said.
That was 20 percent more than the next-closest airline, Delta merger partner Northwest Airlines, whose numbers were reported separately, Yamanouchi writes. And it was twice as much per passenger as fellow “Big 3” airlines American and United.
AirTran Airways, meanwhile, collected only $10 per passenger from such sources, but that money accounted for 11.4 percent of its operating revenue — highest in the industry. Delta was second at 9.3 percent.
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