Airfares Go Up Following Fatal Amtrak Crash–Some As Much As Four Times As High

May 16, 2015  |  

Airfares between New York and Washington DC, have increased since the fatal Amtrak derailing in which seven people were killed. And get this, some round-trip flights are now priced at four times the normal amount.

Because Amtrak has suspended rail service until Monday at least, commuters have had to turn to the airlines, who have boosted the fares. American Airlines, for example, was selling round-trip flights for as much as $1,000 and US Airways’ website prices were just above $770.

This is a major hike, since round-trip flights between New York and DC normally cost about $200 for a regular ticket and as much as $600 for a last-minute flight, CNN reported.

But American Airlines spokesperson Jenna Arnold, claimed in an email to the New York Post that the airline has not changed its pricing in the route. Delta and US Airways didn’t respond to requests for comment. For those travelers with more time on their hands, Greyhound and its BoltBus branch have added six buses, spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson said. And tickets are way more affordable at $79.50.

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