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Airlines intervene to hold down fares as Irma approaches – Dallas News

Robert Mann, an aviation industry analyst, said that between capping fares and adding flights, airlines have done what they can to address the high demand and surging prices.

“You take a black eye when, in retrospect, they should have gotten ahead of the revenue management algorithm and throttled it a bit. But these aren’t conscious attempts to gouge,” said Mann, president of R.W. Mann & Co. “It’s not like the guy at the gas station taking down the $2.29 price and putting up $5.29.”

Preparing for Irma

With nearly all of the remaining seats out of south Florida sold out, airlines’ attention Friday was focused on launching their remaining flights before operations close. American, Southwest and other airlines are moving all of their operational aircraft out of the region to wait out the storm.

American shut down operations at Miami and three other south Florida airports Friday night. American said it will stop operations in Orlando on Saturday afternoon.

American flights from those airports will be stopped through Sunday and flights to many Caribbean airports already hit by Irma are suspended until next week, the company said.

Southwest has canceled all flights at three south Florida airports, including Fort Lauderdale, beginning Friday night. The carrier will cancel flights in Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville starting Saturday. Southwest said those flights will remain canceled through at least Monday.

Airlines and airports are encouraging Florida passengers not to show up at an airport unless they have a confirmed ticket on a scheduled flight.

American, Southwest and other U.S. carriers have put waivers in place allowing customers at dozens of airports in Irma’s path to reschedule their travel without paying change fees and, in some cases, the fare difference.

Airlines intervene to hold down fares as Irma approaches – Dallas News

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