Baggage Fees Have Boosted Airlines’ Departure Performances, Study Finds

A new study from the University of Kansas has found checked baggage fees have actually improved the departure performance of U.S. airlines.

A new study from the University of Kansas has found checked baggage fees have actually improved the departure performance of U.S. airlines. “Because passengers changed their behavior, less weight went into the plane below the cabin,” said Mazhar Arikan, a KU assistant professor of supply chain management in the School of Business. “This offset any changes in carryon luggage, and it helped airlines improve their on-time departure performance. The below-the-cabin effect dominates the above-the-cabin effect.”

The most positive changes in on-time departures occurred at major hub airports because less checked bags had to be moved through massive systems once passengers change planes. Read more