Air fares soar as airlines climb out of recession
facing sharp increases in the cost of the plane ticket itself.
which showed that July was the busiest month in the airport’s history.
slash fares to fill empty seats, are now adding to their fleet to meet soaring
being pressed back into service and around 400 aircraft orders were announced
at last month’s Farnborough air show.
losses, it means that the two year honeymoon enjoyed by passengers is coming to
fares last month were 4.5% higher in economy class than they were a year ago.
The rise in business class fares was even more dramatic, hitting 8.5%, as executives
started flying again.
£216 return. Now the same ticket is on sale for £258, an increase of £42 – of
which only £5 represents an increase in Air Passenger Duty.
Angeles from £334 to £451.
again,” said Bob Atkinson, analyst with Travelsupermarket.com.
in previous years, Mr Atkinson added.
to see prices tumbling down.
from airlines and price comparison websites so you can be first in the queue for
at the height of the global economic downturn.
cuts last year leading to fewer flights and higher load factors on flights. However
consumers can still get very good value for money to many destinations around
the world by booking early. For example passengers can travel to LA for as little
as 5 pence a mile.”
doubling of complaints last year, according to the passenger watchdog, the Air
Transport Users Council.
– more than double the 3,086 figure for the same period last year.