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Southwest Rejects Call for Checked-Bag Fees

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by Ben Mutzabaugh

Don't look for new checked bag fees on Southwest, even as Delta today became the latest airline to add a new fee on checked luggage (see below). Air Transport World (ATW) writes that Southwest CEO Gary Kelly "last week strongly rejected Wall Street advice that the (low-cost carrier) begin charging for checked baggage to generate more revenue. During a conference call to discuss SWA's third consecutive quarterly loss, multiple analysts pushed Kelly to follow other US carriers and implement baggage fees. But he insisted the move would drive away customers."

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