The Park Place Economist


Airline pricing is so distorted that often a full-fare paying passenger is seated next to a passenger who paid more then three hundred percent less for his or her ticket. What makes this situation so exasperating is that each passenger is receiving the same quality of seat and in-flight service, regardless of the airfare each paid. This paper will attempt to uncover the forces that have created this chaotic pricing system that has confused and annoyed passengers in today’s air travel industry.