32. Why are Flights so Expensive?
Hopeful passengers are used to moaning and groaning over what seem to be ever-inflating flight costs. It seems there is a ridiculous fee for everything these days. In fact, a plane has to fly at 85% capacity for the airline to make a meager profit off of a ticket.
The majority of airline profits come from baggage fees, seat fees and any other cost they can tack on. Given the fact that airplanes need a certain amount of passengers to make money and that people often miss flights for various reasons, flights are often overbooked.