Delta collected $197.7 million in baggage fees in the first three months of the year

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111711 Atlanta, Ga; Katrina Holland, left, and her daughter Sasha Graham, of Phoenix, talk with a Delta employee as they check in their luggage at the Delta check in counters at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday morning in Atlanta, Ga., November 17, 2011. Holland and Graham checked in three bags at a charge of $85. Holland, who was visiting family in Atlanta, said they don't like the bag fees but only used Delta because of the good ticket deal they got on the internet. Delta charges passengers baggage fees to check luggage. Federal regulators think the flying public deserves more transparency upfront about the full price of tickets and fees. Some airlines are fighting the move. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

U.S. airlines collected more than $900 million in baggage fees in the first three months of the year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

That’s up from $864.7 million a year ago.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines collected $197.7 million in baggage fees in the first quarter of 2016, making it the second-highest ranked airline for baggage fee take.

111711 Atlanta, Ga; Sasha Graham, of Phoenix, center, talks with a Delta employee as she checks in her luggage at the Delta check in counters at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday morning in Atlanta, Ga., November 17, 2011. Graham was traveling with her mother Katrina Holland. Holland and Graham checked in three bags at a charge of $85. Holland, who was visiting family in Atlanta, said they don't like the bag fees but only used Delta because of the good ticket deal they got on the internet. Delta charges passengers baggage fees to check luggage. Federal regulators think the flying public deserves more transparency upfront about the full price of tickets and fees. Some airlines are fighting the move.  Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

 Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

At the No. 1 spot in the ranking was Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines, which collected $262.5 million in baggage fees in the first quarter.

 


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