Airlines continue to rely on fees to sustain their profits. Said fees generated $27.1 billion for airlines last year. The surge in fuel prices in 2008 forced airlines to find other sources of revenue, the most successful of which has been charging passengers for amenities that used to be included in the ticket price. As a result, 20% of airline revenues come from said fees, with Spirit Airlines taking the cake at 38.5%, even as overall ticket prices went up by about 3%. Onboard wi-fi services undoubtedly make for a great source of revenue, as passengers grow dependent on wi-fi and dispense with other comforts.
Meanwhile, a device that aims to kill germs inside plane cabins made its debut at an airline conference last month. Also, Los Angeles ranks low when it comes to attracting and appeasing business travelers, who provide the bulk of airline profits. Also, an entrepreneur proposes a radical new design that will make zeppelins not only easier to control but also viable as a method of shipping.