Airline Revenue Benefits From Add-On Fees

Airlines around the world keep making more and more of their money from all those pesky fees. The Wall Street Journal reports on a study out Tuesday that says airline revenue from add-on fees jumped to nearly $22 billion dollars last year. That's up 38 percent from a year earlier.

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KELLY: Airlines around the world keep making more and more of their money from all those pesky fees. The Wall Street Journal reports on a study out today that says airline revenue from add-on fees jumped to nearly $22 billion last year. That's up 38 percent from a year earlier. And carriers keep finding ways to charge customers, new ways for services such as in-flight Internet access.

Discount carriers Spirit Airlines and Ireland's Ryanair continue to lead to the pack. Both rely on fees for more than 20 percent of their revenue.

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