Bradley Fares: Less Expensive but More Expensive

Fares out of Bradley fell 3.7 percent, adjusted for inflation, between the second quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2013, nearly identical to a 3.6 percent drop in domestic fares nationwide, reports The Hartford Courant, citing the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. But Bradley’s average round-trip fare was $36 higher than the national average.

I wonder whether one possible reasons for higher fares is that so much of Bradley’s traffic — 38 percent of passengers — is carried by Southwest and JetBlue, which don’t charge for checked bags. (Bag fees aren’t included in the BTS stats.) So the fares look higher but passengers don’t necessarily pay more.

Or not. Figuring out whether bag fees are a factor would require calculating the percentage of flights flown by Southwest and JetBlue at each airport. And then you’d have to look at the percentage flown by hucksters like Spirit and Allegiant that charge for carry-on bags. And then you’d need to be a good statistician to figure out whether any correlation might involve other factors.

And I’m not that smart or that patient.

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