Revenue is back up, but costs affect carriers, customers

06/24/2013 | TravelPulse

Although carrier revenue growth has gotten back to levels where it was before the recession, airlines are grappling with extra charges for fuel, maintenance and labor. As a result, many airlines have been passing along those costs to consumers in the form of ancillary fees. Another trend: larger jets. "Less than 20 years since its introduction, the 50-seat jet is once again having a game-changing effect on the airlines. Only this time, the aircraft is being viewed as a liability in terms of cost effectiveness," said Jonathan Kletzel, U.S. transportation and logistics leader for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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