US airlines collected more than $2 billion in ancillary fees in the third quarter, up 36.4% year-over-year, helping the seven network carriers post their first combined operating profit margin since the 2007 third quarter, the US Dept. of Transportation reported yesterday (ATWOnline, Nov. 12). Network airlines' third-quarter operating profit was $338 million, reversed from a loss of $1.62 billion in the year-ago period. Operating margin was 1.4%, reversed from a loss margin of 5.4% in the ...

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