Media report: Cheap airfares aren’t coming back according to airline execs

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Media report: Cheap airfares aren’t coming back according to airline execsDue to the high demand for travel and the limited number of seats available

With travel demand at its highest and supply struggling to keep up, airfares have skyrocketed, leading to massive revenues for airlines, and it looks like that is not going to change, according to greekreporter.com.

Indeed, airline executives have announced that cheap airfares are now history due to the high demand for travel and the limited number of seats available, meaning things will stay that way.

Their justification is the rising costs for fuel and labor, intertwined with delays and worker shortages, preventing airlines from adding more flights to their schedule.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the consumer-price index for airfare in September was forty-three percent higher than the previous year. Ticket prices last year stayed low but increased in the CPI by eight percent for September 2019, according to trade group Airlines for America.

Following a difficult start to the summer, defined by cancelations, baggage losses, and delays, the airline companies have finally managed to stabilize their operations. They have managed to do so while dealing with a significant lack of scheduled flights, with industry executives now saying growth will be closed in for the near future.

Cheap airfares are not likely to return
Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Co’s chief operating officer said, “It’s unusual. You have demand quickly outstripping supply like this.”

“I think we have a couple of years where demand and supply may not be as aligned as it was pre-pandemic,” he added.

For airlines, this is a positive turn of events, as the higher fares help cover an approximate eighty percent increase in fuel prices and revenues. Even though those prices have shifted in recent months, industry experts do not anticipate low fares anytime soon.

Domestic flights in March 2023, for example, are on average $350 for a round-trip ticket. That is twenty-six percent higher than this time last year and twenty-eight percent above 2019. Yet, some changes could still take place, according to the booking app Hopper if future bookings do not come through.

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