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Carriers Try Again to Raise Walk-Up Fares

June 17, 2005|From Associated Press

Just a few days after several airlines failed to push above Delta Air Lines Inc.'s $499 fare cap, they tried again.

On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Continental Airlines Inc., UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Northwest Airlines Corp. and America West added $10 to fares that had been capped at $499 to match Delta.

Delta raised fares $10 on flights it code-shares with other carriers. Code shares are pacts between airlines that make it easier for passengers to book trips on multiple airlines.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black denied that Delta was breaking its "Simplifares" cap of $499 for one-way walk-up fares. He noted that Delta said it would match code-share fares when it announced Simplifares in January.

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