Airlines around the world will earn a total of $36.1 billion in 2012 through additional charges. These including fees for extra legroom, window seats, checked baggage, and more according to the Amadeus Worldwide Estimate of Ancillary Revenues.
The amount in 2012 is 11 percent higher than the 2011 total of $32.5 billion.
The biggest income gainers are additional-fee-dependent airlines such as Spirit, AirAsia and easyJet which are expected to earn $5.6 billion – 30.5 percent higher than 2011.
The 6 major US airlines – Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United and US Airways – are expected to earn $12.4 billion in 2012 through additional charges – 0.8 percent higher than their earnings in 2011.