MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Air fares are not up everywhere. Prices in some cities are flat or even down, as fierce competition keeps airlines from charging as much as they would like.
Business fares in early September were down five percent in Phoenix and four percent in New York compared to the same week last year, according to research by Bob Harrell of Harrell Associates, who
tracks airfares. In many other cities ticket prices were up only
marginally - one percent in Orlando, three percent in Atlanta, four percent in Denver and Las Vegas.
The good news in those cities doesn't change the bad news for
everyone else: Overall, fares are up - 11 percent for leisure
travel, six percent for business fares, according to Harrell. Many
individual cities are worse. He found year-over-year increases of
26 percent in Philadelphia, 17 percent in Minneapolis, 15 percent
in Newark, N.J., 12 percent in Dallas.
Yet fares in Denver are up only four percent over the past year.
The reason? Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has been adding flights
as United Airlines and Frontier Airlines pull back. By Nov. 2
Southwest plans to have 115 daily flights out of Denver, a
nine-fold increase from mid-2007.
Expedia's Travel Trendwatch newsletter says low-fare competition
has caused fall fares to decline 32 percent between Denver and San
Francisco, and 30 percent from Denver to San Diego. It also noted
declines from Indianapolis to Las Vegas.