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Airline fuel surcharges hit a record

Airlines have become highly disciplined in recent years in finding ways to sustain profitability other than simply raising fares. They have limited expansion and aren't adding capacity, even where there is demand. Now the industry is staying ahead of rising fuel costs by adding surcharges, especially in international markets. Just how much the surcharges are costing customers is detailed in this story.

Airline fuel surcharges hit a record

Airlines have become highly disciplined in recent years in finding ways to sustain profitability other than simply raising fares. They have limited expansion and aren't adding capacity, even where there is demand. Now the industry is staying ahead of rising fuel costs by adding surcharges, especially in international markets. Just how much the surcharges are costing customers is detailed in this story.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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