U.S. airlines collected nearly $3.5 billion in baggage fees last year, the government said Tuesday, continuing a steady improvement in the critical revenue stream that started just five years ago. That was up from $3.36 billion collected in 2011. The nations largest airlines also reported $2.55 billion in reservation change fees — that $150 or $200 customers pay to change the time or date of travel. Thats up from $2.38 billion in 2011. United was second to Delta in amount taken in from baggage fees last year, more than doubling its collection. The Chicago airline, the worlds largest, took in $705,547 last year from bag fees, up from $276,817 in 2011. Reservation fee revenue at the airline also soared, rising faster than nearly all its major competitors. United reported reservation fee revenue of $660,943 last year, double the $324,129 it collected in 2011. United has already broadly raised its reservation change fees this year.
United Airlines announced today that it will begin daily flights from its hub at Chicagos OHare International Airport to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 5, 2013. The flight will depart Chicago at 8:20 a.m., arriving in San Juan at 2:57 p.m. The return flight will depart San Juan at 3:55 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:13 p.m. The route will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy. The airline also announced that it will add a second daily flight for the holiday season from Dec. 4 – Jan. 5.
Qatar Airways will make Philadelphia its newest U.S. gateway, the airline announced via its Twitter account this morning.
The carrier gave few details in its tweet about the “BREAKING NEWS,” saying only that it planned to begin nonstop flights to Philadelphia on Boeing 777 aircraft.