‘Making Fat Fliers Pay’

The Huffington Post

March 28th, 2013 by 


In a live online chat with the Huffington Post, Victor Matheson, assistant professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross, participated in a panel discussion about the nature of airline fees. Netting $8 billion a year in fees alone, such charges are a major source of income for aviation companies. With this in mind, one such airline—Samoa Air—plans to charge passengers according to weight, meaning they’ll charge passengers by the pound.

Explaining the logic behind such a strategy, Matheson remarked, “It costs more to ship heavy items than light items.” Though the plan is controversial, Matheson defended the airline from an economic standpoint, saying, “If you’re talking about the difference between a 200 pound person and a 300 pound person, that’s costing the airline about $20 extra in fuel.”

Matheson also acknowledged that Samoa Air’s business plan probably wouldn’t fly for other airlines, especially because of Samoa’s remote location, which informs the company’s decision to pinch pennies. “It makes more sense for them to be talking about that than other airlines,” he said.

This ‘Holy Cross in the News’ item by David Cotrone ’13.

| More
Tags
Categories
In The News

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
04/29/16 ‘Holy Cross honors Rev. Kuzniewski with field dedication’
04/28/16 Photo Gallery: Dinand Library’s Exterior Spaces Are Reenergized with Art, Rooftop Garden
04/27/16 Data: Holy Cross Grads Highly Employable, Happy
04/27/16 Spring Weekend is Coming: CAB to Host Series of Events for Spring Weekend 2016
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
‘Major in Anything…Succeed in Business’

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Obama Advisor Broderick Johnson ’78 Speaks on ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ Other White House Initiatives

Watch Video >
See video
Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

05/06/2016

Gamelan Gita Sari Concert

See More >
05/26/2016

Senior Academic Awards and Prizes

See More >
05/26/2016

Baccalaureate Mass

See More >
05/26/2016

ALANA Baccalaureate Celebration

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

04/29/16

‘Holy Cross honors Rev. Kuzniewski with field dedication’

Telegram & Gazette

Last Friday during halftime at the Holy Cross vs. Boston University men’s lacrosse game, the College of the Holy Cross dedicated Holy Cross Field, home of the men’s and...

04/20/16

Holy Cross’ Give Purple Challenge Highlighted for its Success

The Washington Post

“It took just 43 hours for the College of the Holy Cross to raise nearly $2 million,” a recent Washington Post article begins. The article discusses the increase in...

04/01/16

‘The NCAA Final Four Ranked by Academic Performance’

Time

According to a recent article on Time.com, if the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was determined by performance in the classroom, Holy Cross would be crowned the national...