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Carriers report significant increases in passenger handling expenses.

Carriers report significant increases in passenger handling expenses

The cost of handling each of the passengers who flew on the world's airlines in 1985 was considerably higher than in 1981, a special Air Transport Survey indicates.

The 34 carriers responding to the survey reported their handling expenses--excluding flight attendant costs--averaged $9.59 per passenger in 1985, up from $8.01 in 1981. Reflecting significant increases in traffic, total passenger-handling cost of $759 million at the carriers supplying data was 78.2% greater than in 1981. (Because of variations in items included by responding carriers in passenger-handling, comparisons between airlines should not be attempted.)

The airlines reported a jump of 54.1% in food and beverage expense between 1981 and 1985 even though the number of meals served was up only 32. …

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