Air-Fare Control

Archive Report

Airline Travel Costs in Flux

Official and Consumer Reaction to Higher Fares

Like everything else, the cost of air travel has been going up and up. In the past year, scheduled domestic airline fares have risen more than 20 per cent and trans-Atlantic fares are up 35 per cent. A number of discount fares, including those for youth and families, have been abolished. Higher fares have led to reduced air travel, and the cost of operating half-empty planes has, in turn, led the airlines to propose further fare increases.

In recent months, this vicious circle of higher fares and passenger declines has encouraged many airlines to apply to the Civil Aeronautics Board (Cab) for a number of discount fares to attract more passengers. The Cab has the ...

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