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Higher Holiday Airfares Blamed On Fuel Prices, Smaller Planes

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — While people can always expect to pay more to fly during the holidays, travel agent, Denise Nowak, said to expect to pay even more than usual this year. She says the typical drop in prices in January may also not be as significant.

Fuel prices continue to trend upward. And airlines are now using smaller planes especially for domestic flights to save on fuel costs.

“So, instead of fitting over 200 in an aircraft, you’re only fitting 120 in that aircraft,” said Denise Nowak, owner of Doyle Travel Center in Chicopee. “Now, they’ve lost seats. So, they’ve lost revenue. So, they’ve got to increase their fares to get that revenue back.”

If sitting on a beach is how you want to spend the holidays, Florida may not be the best option when it comes to price.

“Most people who are traveling to visit parents are going down to Florida because that’s where their parents have retired,” said Nowak. “So, they’ll increase the fares to go down to florida always first.”

Nowak said to most places, it’s still cheapest to fly on Christmas morning.