*** FILE *** An American Airlines MD-80 aircraft taxis by a runway as another takes off from DFW International Airport, Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Grapevine, Texas. American Airlines on Saturday April 12, 2008 received clearance from federal aviation officials to return all of its 300 grounded jets to service, an airline spokesman said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, FILE)
Chicago (AP) With skyrocketing fuel costs and larger than expected earning losses, the airline industry is bracing for a bumpy vacation season. Experts are predicting jammed planes, delayed flights and higher fares.
Delta's CEO says the airlines will have to charge passengers at least 15 percent more just to break even with soaring oil prices. And, he also expects reduced schedules to help save money.
One analyst says, “it's going to be a rough summer,” and warns travelers to be prepared for scheduling chaos.
Another warns that airlines will likely look for more ways to charge passengers for added services like fees for extra luggage or additional legroom.