Recent Adobe Analytic Reports indicate that major airlines have raised flight prices by more than 47% since 2021, and the increase could affect students' ability to get home or travel this summer.
Travel advisers say the COVID-19 pandemic is partially responsible for this price increase. Labor shortages in the airline industry, which could be an indirect effect of the pandemic, also contribute to the inflated prices according to the Congressional Research Service.
Lordana Pagens, an LSU freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said she is struggling to pay for a flight home for the summer as she balances other college expenses.
“I still have not bought my flight home yet. It’s causing me a lot of stress because I pay for most of my college expenses with my own money I make from working," she said.
People like Pagens may not get any relief soon, though. Reports suggest that airline prices will likely continue to increase over the next few months.