According to USA Today, the United States Department of Transportation announced that revenues for airlines from baggage fees increased 33% in the first three months of 2010 when compared to 2009, to the tune of $769 million as compared to $578 million.
For those who do not want to do the math, that adds up to an increase in revenue for airlines of $191 million solely for baggage fees.
Additionally, airlines collected $554 million in fees to change reservations and $534 million from ancillary services such as sales of frequent flier program miles and fees to transport pets.
The first-quarter income of $1.86 billion from all ancillary sources does not include the sale of food and drinks, pillows, blankets and on-flight entertainment or fees charged for seat assignments.
Are passengers increasingly willing to pay certain fees charged by airlines? With revenues such as what was already stated, it is increasingly clear that airline fees will not disappear anytime soon, despite their lack of popularity with travelers, to say the least.