Monday, August 10, 2009

Why is Airport Food so Expensive?

USA TODAY recently posted a good article regarding airport food and it’s pricing. Different airports have different ways of how to calculate food costs, the article mentions.

Many airports have adopted so-called "street pricing" policies, which means they require airport shops and restaurants to charge prices comparable with similar stores in town. But many haven't. Most retailers claim the operating costs are too high at airports to follow these guidlelines. Los Angeles International, for instance, doesn't even have a policy, while others, such as Atlanta's Hartsfield, allow retailers to charge a set premium over street prices.

Since airlines have cut back drastically on meals and snacks on flights in recent years, this leaves travelers with little choice then to pay higher prices.

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