Airlines’ Fee Revenue Doubles Since 2008 – Forbes.com

RyanAir and easyJet are among the first airlines to charge fees for baggage and more. US carriers have followed.

One the one hand, I cringe every time I pay to check a suitcase or buy a sandwich on board an airplane. On the other hand, I prefer my airlines solvent.

Turns out that one helps the other. A lot. Among the 47 airlines reporting, ancillary revenues – basically anything that’s not a ticket – totaled $21.46 billion in 2010. That’s nearly double the figure from 2008.

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