Airline To Start Charging For Checked Bags

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Airlines is cutting back on
domestic flights, laying off workers and adding new passenger fees as it struggles with record-high fuel prices.
American will begin charging a $15 fee for the first checked bag
beginning June 15th. It will raise other fees for services ranging from reservation services to oversized bags.
The nation's largest carrier tells shareholders that it will cut its domestic flight schedule by up to 12 percent in the fourth quarter of this year.
Fort Worth-based parent AMR Corporation says reduced flying will
lead to job cuts at both American and its American Eagle subsidiary.
AMR expects to retire 45 to 50 planes from its fleet, most of them gas-guzzling MD-80 aircraft. Those were the plane grounded for faulty wiring last month.
American said rising oil prices have increased its expected annual fuel costs by nearly 3 billion dollars since the start of the year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by KentuckyGuy Location: Bluegrass on May 21, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    I think next flight I will wear all my clothes on board. 5 shirts, 5 pants, 5 underoos (wonder if it will make my butt look big), 10 sox and stuff my pockets with hankies and bermuda shorts.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 21, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    This will keep the riff-raff off the planes.
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on May 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    More reason NOT to fly.
  • by Sean Location: Cincinnati on May 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    I've got a crazy idea! Start charging people what it actually costs to fly! Do people really think that paying $130 for a ticket covers the actual cost of transporting them hundreds of miles? No! A rise in ticket prices is long overdue. If airline ticket prices rise, the majors can start to climb out of the financial gutter, new pilots at the regional level might make more than $19,000 a year, and of course, the execs will continue to award themselves multi-million dollar bonuses. Of course, the public thinks they are entitled to $130 tickets, so this is all just wishful thinking. It's ok though, the execs will still award themselves multi-million dollar bonuses anyway.


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