Atlanta airline prices reach new heights

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ATLANTA - Your summer travel season may be impacted as Atlanta has seen one of the highest increases in airline prices in the country.   

The next time you fly from Hartsfield Jackson Airport, you’ll likely be paying more than you ever have.

According to the Airlines Reporting Corporation, summer fares for domestic flights from Hartsfield are up nearly 1 ½ percent and International flights are up 6 percent over last year, which was already a record year.

Travler Michelle Mirville noticed the hike right away, but had no choice but to pay for a $400 weekend trip to Boston.

Carl Howard, a travel specialist, says airline mergers are mostly to blame. This hike means fewer competitors and fewer flight schedules, which hasn’t helped fares.

“Just in recent months, we've seen the 6,7,8 hundred round trip fares climb to 12, 13, 14, 15 and higher,” said Howard.

But in the end, passengers say they’re the ones left to suffer.

“It's a little disappointing because Atlanta is very big so you would think like a big airport would have cheaper flights,” said Mirville.


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