Here's How Much Airfares Have Jumped Since '05

6.5% overall, and that's after inflation

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 25, 2013 12:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Feel like you're paying more for a plane ticket these days? You are. USA Today did an analysis of fares at the 100 busiest airports in the country, and found that on average, prices are up 6.5% (after adjusting for inflation) since 2005. The biggest fare change: Savannah-Hilton Head, where ticket prices are up 35.8%, followed closely by a 35.6% increase at Dallas Love Field.

Often, prices went up when ticket availability went down: For example, Cincinnati lost 80% of its domestic airline seats (the largest loss of seats seen during this period), and its fares went up 25.9%. Other factors contributing to price increases: airline mergers that have led to service cutbacks; airlines consolidating service to primary airports, leading to fare hikes at secondary airports in the area; and Southwest increasing its fares, which means it's not helping as much to keep fares lower across the board. Click for more from the report.

An American Airlines jet takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport early in the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, 2013.
An American Airlines jet takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport early in the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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