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Prepare for expensive flights this summer

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AIR FARES.

Lisbon airport.

Higher airfares and still sky-high gasoline prices are driving up the cost of the summer trip, the Naperville Sun reports.

“People I think are going to be shocked by how much higher some fares are,” said Airfarewatchdog.com President George Hobica to the paper. “We’re seeing fares that we haven’t seen in years.”

While fuel costs have driven up fares, other factors include airlines intentionally cutting back on capacity, flying fewer planes, which makes fewer seats available, and airline mergers have led to less competition on some routes, travel experts say.

The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.