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Average airfares are up from last year

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

July 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Average domestic airfares have increased four percent from last year at this time. The trend in Albany is about the same, with advanced ticket prices up five percent since 2007. But with fuel costs at record highs, the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director says these prices are not outrageous.

"Considering the fact that airlines are paying 100% more for fuel this year than they were last year, our fares have not really increased that significantly,"says Yvette Aehle.

Although prices for tickets purchased twenty one days in advance are up 5% over last year, what's shocking are the numbers for tickets purchased at the last minute. 7-14 day advance ticket prices are down almost 60%, while walk up fares are down 30% percent.

But keep in mind that airplanes in Albany are going out at almost full capacity, so if you wait until  the last minute, you may not have a seat.

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