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Airlines Profit Less Than $6 Per Passenger

That is a hard thing to believe – that airlines profit less than $6 per passenger. But, that is what is reported according to IATA’s CEO, Tony Tyler.

How Much Per Passenger?

It is hard to believe that given the amount of money that is spent on travel and the huge profits we hear about each year – Delta profited $2.7 billion last year. However, when you consider that Delta flew 165 million passengers last year, that number becomes a little more believable. Consider that the figure of less than $6 is across airlines and it makes even more sense.

Read the whole story from CNN here. I know this frequent flyer community is a drop in the bucket, but it still feels good to know that we are not anywhere near the top of the chart when it comes to the profit amount. 🙂 Combine this with the news that Gary (View from the Wing) wrote about yesterday (pending rule changes dealing with mistake fares) and you can tell that the airlines are going to do their best to protect those profits.

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • How much does the average item purchased at a major US grocery store profit the store? Probably better measures in cents than in dollars.

    The airlines whining about how little/much money they make from customers doesn’t make me more sympathetic to their situation but sympathy is what they want in order to get or sustain their governmental waivers and favors.