Bag fees net big money for Hawaiian Airlines

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's largest airline has raked in $16.1 million in luggage fees.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the revenue was collected by Hawaiian Airlines during the first quarter in fees from checked, oversized and overweight baggage.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) reported Monday bag fees helped the airline report a first-quarter profit of $7.3 million, making up 3.7% of about $436 million in revenue.

The airline stands to top the company record of $56.6 million in fees collected last year. The first-quarter bag fee collections were up 19.4% from the year-earlier period.

Hawaiian spokeswoman Ann Botticelli says the increase was primarily from more passengers and fuller North America flights.

Baggage fees collected by major U.S. airlines in the first quarter totaled about $816 million.

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