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US Airways: Check in online or pay fees

April 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Struggling air carrier US Airways is going to charge passengers more if they don't pay to check their bags online. The airline will charge an extra $5 per bag to check luggage at the airport.The airline already charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second one. Starting this summer, passengers who don't pre-pay those fees and check in online will pay the extra fee at the airport.

Most airlines charge for checked baggage, but the added fee for airport check in is something new.

It comes as the airline reported its first quarter loss was significantly less than last year. US Airways officials say the company lost $103 million in the quarter that ended March 31, compared to the $237 million loss during the same quarter last year.

"The revenue environment does seem to have bottomed out, which means it isn't getting worse," said US Airways President Scott Kirby. "But there also aren't yet clear signs that it's getting better."

He said vacationers are taking advantage of fare sales, but business travel is still suffering. Business travelers generally pay higher fares and are more profitable for the airlines.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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