US government data suggest airfares rose by 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2022 (Q4 2022) compared with the previous three-month period. According to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the inflation-adjusted annual average flight ticket in the US cost $378, up 4.1% from 2021’s inflation-adjusted $332. The fare was down 6.2% from 2019’s $403, despite the travel disruptions from 2020 to 2022 and the more recent surge in fuel prices and wider inflationary pressures across the US economy. The average domestic air fare in Q4 2022 was $394, the DOT’s BTS said, up 2.6% from

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