Fifty airlines throughout the world collected $22.6 billion from bag fees and other extra passenger charges last year, according to a study released Monday.
The fees that air passengers pay to check bags, change reservations, upgrade to roomier seats and buy food and drinks, among other fees, have grown steadily for the past four years, representing a major share of total revenues for most airlines, according to the study by Wisconsin-based IdeaWorksCompany, a consultant on airline revenues, and Amadeus, a travel technology firm based in Madrid.
The latest study looked at the financial reports of 108 airlines across the globe, including 50 that disclose extra passenger fees, known as ancillary revenue.
In 2011, those 50 airlines collected $22.6 billion in ancillary revenue, compared to $21.46 billion in revenue from 47 airlines in 2010, according to the study. In 2009, 47 airlines collected $13.47 billion in ancillary revenues, the study said.