June 13, 2008 / 6:56 PM / 11 years ago

FACTBOX: Fuel eats up 40 pct of airline ticket prices

(Reuters) - The portion of an air fare needed to pay for jet fuel is approaching 40 percent, compared with 15 percent in 2000, according to the Air Transport Association.

Despite repeated attempts to boost fares, major U.S. airlines have been unable to offset their skyrocketing fuel costs, which have drastically cut their profit margins.

The following is a breakdown of fees and major costs included in the average domestic U.S. airline ticket price, and how it affects airlines’ bottom line.

2007 2000 Average domestic fare paid by passengers $181.91 $188.16 Taxes and fees $25.78 $20.08 Cost of fuel per passenger $74.03 $31.77 Net to airlines after taxes, fees and fuel $82.10 $136.31 Source: The Boyd Group

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