Statistic Includes Only Baggage And Reservation Change
U.S. airlines collected $1.5 billion from baggage fees and
reservation change fees in the second quarter of 2011, according to
the airline financial data released recently by the U.S. Department
of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The largest network, low-cost and regional airlines reported
operating revenue of $38.6 billion and operating expenses of $36.6
billion. These airlines collect virtually all the fees collected by
the airline industry. The airlines received $887 million from
baggage fees and $612 million from reservation change fees in the
second quarter. These are the only fees paid by passengers that BTS
can currently identify separately. All other fees paid by
passengers are combined in larger categories with other types of
In July, the Department issued an NPRM that is proposing to
require airlines to report 16 additional categories of fee revenue
in addition to the baggage and reservation change fees to provide
additional airline pricing information to consumers and airline
The release of the second-quarter financial data was scheduled for
Sept. 20 but delayed because of technical processing issues.
Operating profit/loss and operating revenue can be found on these
tables. Fuel cost and consumption numbers are available on these
tables. See the BTS financial databases for more detailed data.
The bureau reported that the airlines collected $1.4 billion in
fees in the first quarter of this year.