Trans-Atlantic travel appears to be more expensive for Americans than it is for Europeans flying the same routes in the opposite direction. Experts say fuel charges and taxes are part of the explanation, along with stronger demand in the U.S. George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com, says it may seem unfair for Europeans to get lower fares, but that boosting demand for travel is good for the U.S. economy. "I think it's good news for us here in New York because European visitors ... come to shop," he says. "It's very good for our economy."

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