Air travel experts believe that 2013 may witness up to six domestic airfare hikes as the demand continues to be high and the airlines have plenty of scope for fare increase. The year may also see mergers of some low-cost carriers besides the almost inevitable upcoming merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
The US Department of Transportation is expected to continue its aggressive stance for ensuring consumer protection. The department issued a record 49 fines on airlines in 2012, forcing the airlines to mend their ways and improve services.
Gasoline prices in the US are expected to fall or remain much lower than the highs experienced in 2012. The US Energy Information Administration has projected average gasoline prices of $3.43 per gallon in 2013 compared to $3.63 per gallon in 2012.
Read more on what’s ahead in the new year here:
5 trends to look for in travel this year.