Power Breakfast: Delta tops in baggage fees, more metro jobs forecast, Wendy’s/Arby’s, Atlanta schools, 401(k)s

Delta Air Lines collected the most baggage fees of any U.S. airline in 2010, AJC writer Kelly Yamanouchi reports, citing federal data.

Delta collected $952 million in baggage fees last year, far more than any other U.S. airline, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Yamanouchi writes. That’s also nearly double the baggage fees Delta collected in 2009.

Atlanta-based Delta has increased its baggage fees over time and currently charges $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag on domestic flights, Yamanouchi reports.

American Airlines, in the No. 2 spot, collected nearly $581 million in baggage fees last year, followed by US Airways at about $514 million, Yamanouchi writes.

Continental collected $342 million in baggage fees last year, while United collected $313 million, Yamanouchi reports. United and Continental merged last year to become the world’s largest airline, surpassing Delta. But even combined, the total amount United and Continental collected in baggage fees doesn’t match Delta’s haul.

AirTran came in sixth in baggage fee revenues, with $152 million collected in 2010, Yamanouchi writes.

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4 comments Add your comment

Henry Tenby

June 14th, 2011
9:14 am

Airlines levy fee on top of fee these days in addition to baggage fees. The fees the airlines pay to the credit card companies total hundreds of millions per year .. and as explained in this video the airlines could actually be re-direct the credit card fees back to the passengers … if they wanted to…


June 14th, 2011
11:51 am

The airline industry is willing to gouge us with every fee under the sun. At some point the government will have to step in, like it did with banks over the issue of credit card fees. I’m a believer in free enterprise but the airlines have abused deregulation, now they need to be reined in again.


June 14th, 2011
6:12 pm

I just cram everything into the biggest bag I can take on board along with another big “briefcase” to stuff more things into to avoid these obscene bag fees.


June 15th, 2011
3:13 am

Delta has always taken advantage of our Southern hospitality. But hey, it has to make money some way. And it does cost to transport those heavy bags.