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Per-mile cost to fly rose 11.6 percent in May, ATA reports

Published: 21/06/2011 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Gas prices aren’t the only things rising this summer. The average price to fly one mile went up 11.6 percent this past May, according to the Air Transport Association. 

“US domestic revenue grew nearly 14 percent, fueled in large part by an 11 percent yield increase,” according to the report.

System wide passenger traffic, however, only grew by 2.5 percent. 

“Increased air travel spending in May leading up to the busy summer travel season reflects the recovering economy,” ATA vice president and chief economist John Heimlich says. “A double-digit yield increase with improvements in US domestic and international markets will help the industry cope with stubbornly high energy costs.” 

The report was based on data from Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways, including data for Air Midwest, Air Wisconsin, Allegheny, American Eagle, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Southeast, Chautauqua, Comair, Continental Express, Executive, Freedom, Horizon, Mesa, Mesaba, Piedmont, Pinnacle, PSA, Shuttle America, SkyWest and Trans States.

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