Airlines have already raised fees for checked luggage and surcharges for fuel, and passengers should expect more of the same as the industry attempts to return to profitability. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines all recently boosted the fee for checking bags. Last week, the five largest carriers raised the round-trip fuel surcharge on routes between the U.S. and Europe by $20. "Passengers will face higher prices as we go through this year," said David Swierenga, president of AeroEcon, a consultancy in Round Rock, Texas.

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