UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that the average airfare nationally increased in the first quarter.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport is no longer ranked among the most expensive airports in the
country, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said today.
In the first quarter, airfares at McGhee Tyson Airport dropped an average of 9.5 percent, according to the latest federal statistics.
That was the largest decrease in average fares among the top 100 airports nationwide, according the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Allegiant Air is getting carried away with baggage fees. As of Wednesday, the discount carrier will start charging a fee of up to $35 for carry-on baggage, according to published reports.
The Las Vegas-based airline hasn’t issued a news release, but Allegiant public relations manager Jessica Wheeler confirmed the new carry-on fee for AirlineReporter.com.
Allegiant, which offers flights from Knoxville to cities in Florida, said last year that it was considering a carry-on fee. The new fee doesn’t apply to tickets already booked.
Spirit Airline is the only other U.S. airline to charge an extra fee for carry-ons. Given the rising cost of fuel, it wouldn’t surprise me to see other airlines start charging for carry-ons if the discount carriers don’t see much customer blow back.
AirlineReporter.com: Allegiant to Start Charging for Carry-Ons Wednesday
Photo: In this 2010 photo an Allegiant jetliner taxies to the runway at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.
The battle of low-fare airlines is heating up in Knoxville.
The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said it will make a “major announcement” on Wednesday about “a new low fare air airline coming to McGhee Tyson Airport.”
The newcomer will join an ever-growing roster of low fare airlines serving McGhee Tyson.