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Delta Raising Ticket Prices

February 20, 2000

HOUSTON (AP) _ Atlanta-based Delta Airlines announced an increase in ticket prices this weekend, following the lead of Continental Airlines.

Both airlines blamed rising jet fuel costs. Other airlines were expected to join in the fare hike, but there was no confirmation Sunday.

The specific increments of Delta’s ticket prices were not announced, but the increases were ``similar fare to those of Continental,″ Delta spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said.

``It’s a very dynamic situation,″ she said. ``The history of this is if an airline files higher fares, the other airlines will file similar fares,″ Delta’s Dervin said.

Continental’s price hikes on base domestic fares took effect Friday, ranging from $5 to $15 one way.

The price increase is the second this year; both were prompted by Continental and blamed on fuel costs pushed higher by tightening supplies.

In January, Houston-based Continental levied a ``fuel surcharge,″ boosting domestic fares $10 on one-way fares, or $20 on round trip fares. The move spurred other airlines to raise prices.

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