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Airfares Increase

According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the 2nd-Quarter 2010 domestic air fares increased 3.8% from the 1st Quarter. The highest fare came from Huntsville, AL.  The lowest fare – Atlantic City, NJ.

 In  November, 2010  the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported the average domestic air fares rose to $341 in the second quarter of 2010, up 3.8 percent from the average fare of $328 in the first quarter – the fourth consecutive increase from the previous quarter. During those four quarters, fares increased 13.1 percent after falling to a recent low of $301 in the second quarter of 2009.

Fares are based on the total ticket value which consists of the price charged by the airlines plus any additional taxes and fees levied by a third party at the time of purchase. Fares include only the price paid at the time of the ticket purchase and do not include other fees, such as baggage fees.  Averages do not include frequent-flyer or “zero fares” or a few abnormally high reported fares.

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