Senator Calls for Airlines to Cut Flight Change Fees

by Christopher Freeburn | May 20, 2013 1:16 pm

United Airlines[1]No one likes to pay fees when they have to change flights. With those fees rising, one lawmaker has had enough[2].

A number of airlines, including AMR‘s (AAMRQ[3]) American Airlines, United Airlines (UAL[4]), U.S. Airways (LCC[5]) and Delta (DAL[6]), have hiked ticket change fees from $150 to $200 in recent months. New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says that unfairly hurts families traveling on fixed budgets, CBS News notes.

Schumer, who has previous called for the reduction in carry-on bagged fees, is urging the airlines to scale back the fee hikes. He called the change of flight fees “out of control.”

Shares of Delta rose modestly in Monday afternoon trading, while U.S. Airways and United Airlines shares slipped and AMR dropped sharply.

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