Fuel prices went up so airline ticket prices went up.
Security issues became more common so airlines put up ticket prices.
Baggage is no longer part of your ticket price (for most flights) but an extra cost.
That seat you preferred, the airline noticed, and now charge you more for that specific seat.
You want to sit next to your spouse; well in that case it will cost you more.
If you want cold damp squashed sandwiches, that will cost you extra now.
You want to actually get on the plane, well do you want to get on before or after that family with six kids, oh before, that will cost you extra.
You want to get there without having to stop for six hours at another airport on the way, guess what they will cost you extra.
Recently there has been discussion to reduce the size of carry-on bags, allowing extra charges for that bag that you have used for years.
Some airlines have considered charging for an in-flight crap.
You can pay extra for a shorter check-in queue, access to a chair in a waiting room, curb side check-in, in-flight movies, tv and internet access.
Some airlines have tried charging for a pillow or a blanket.
And now there is a line item on airline tickets that just says “carrier imposed fees”. What are these you ask, well they are fees imposed by the carrier. If you call and ask they advise you that they don’t provide any more detail.
It seems that since fuel prices are falling, they can’t call these a fuel surcharge anymore, because there is no reason for a fuel surcharge, so now they are just undeclared “carrier imposed” surcharges.
Airlines are currently very profitable, but they are making these profits but fleecing their customers. With less choice, poorer services and using every chance to charge extra for anything that isn’t nailed down.
As airlines merge, and on most routes there is less competition, there needs to be an advocate for the consumer that looks at fair business practices. But right now this does not exist and the life of an air traveller is just getting worse and more expensive every month.