Preliminary data from the Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics show airlines collected $3.5 billion in luggage and $2.6 billion in reservation change ancillary services in 2012. The industry has made tough business decisions to improve its finances and overall efficiency, yet an increase in fuel costs over last year continue to negatively impact airlines. To make up for these increased costs, airlines have aggressively managed capacity and sought to increase revenue. Airlines state that a National Airline Policy, which remains a long-held priority, could help the industry get stronger.

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