Airlines cut service left and right. Fuel prices rise. Fares go up. Airlines add another passenger fee; customers scream bloody murder. Amid the uproar are persistent questions—here’s an example from Ryan:

 

“With the airlines all cutting capacity and pulling flights off the market, won't that raise fares? What's going to happen to Springfield-Branson; the fares are already high, how much higher can they go before people stop flying?”

 

Good questions. Let’s answer them by getting some perspective…