Power Breakfast: Air fares flying higher, MARTA, Equifax, immigration, Goldman Sachs

Air fares are climbing again, as travelers return to the skies and airlines try to boost revenues, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.

Atlanta air fares increased 6.9 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s larger than the national increase of 4.7 percent, Yamanouchi reports.

It’s the first increase since 2007 in first-quarter average fares.

The average Atlanta fare was $355.65 in the first quarter of the year — up from $332.76 in the same period of 2009, Yamanouchi reports.

But the average Atlanta fare is still lower than first quarter levels in 2007 and 2001.

“Coming off some pretty steep lows…. those are still pretty nice prices for people out of Atlanta,” Rick Seaney, of FareCompare.com, told Yamanouchi.

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