Those little extras sure add up: $5 glass of wine, $50 bag fee, $200 change fee. But did you know they add up to billions?
1200% Increase Since 2007
According to a newly-released joint report from CarTrawler/IdeaWorks, last year airlines from around the world took in ancilliary revenue – or fees – of more than $31.5 billion. Here’s another startling figure: Fee revenue has jumped by 1,200 percent since 2007.
Fees through the Years
What global airlines overall rake in. See all the statistics in the CarTrawler/IdeaWorks annual report.
Airline Ancillary Revenue by Year
|2013||59 airlines||$31.5 billion|
|2012||53 airlines||$27.1 billion|
|2011||50 airlines||$22.6 billion|
|2010||47 airlines||$21.46 billion|
|2009||47 airlines||$13.47 billion|
|2008||35 airlines||$10.25 billion|
|2007||23 airlines||$2.45 billion|
Which Airlines Earned the Most from Fees
Note which airline in sixth place – despite offering two checked-bags for free. Hello, Southwest!
Top Airline Ancillary Revenue Earners for 2013
|Air France/KLM||$1.715 billion|
Airlines: Fees as Biggest Percentage of Total Revenue
Fees can really add to an airline’s bottom line. Notice that the biggest beneficiaries are all low cost carriers.
Ancillary Revenue as a % of Total Revenue – 2013