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Originally published Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Citing fuel costs, airlines up round-trip fares by $6

Citing high fuel prices, United Airlines said Friday it has increased fares by $6 per round trip on flights to some cities also served by...

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CHICAGO — Citing high fuel prices, United Airlines said Friday it has increased fares by $6 per round trip on flights to some cities also served by lower-cost carriers.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines matched the move.

United said the increase took effect Thursday night and applies to most routes where it competes against discount carriers, such as Chicago to Dallas and Atlanta, and Denver to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

The exceptions are routes where the nation's No. 2 carrier competes head-to-head with Southwest Airlines.

Southwest did no go along with the move. "We are not going to be involved in that fare increase at all," spokesman Ed Stewart said.

Still, Credit Suisse airline analyst Daniel McKenzie said in a note that the move by United, which follows an unsuccessful attempt last week by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines to start an industrywide fare increase, is "a sign that underlying demand trends remain strong."

Northwest Airlines was studying United's price increase, spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch said.

Continental Airlines and US Airways also both said they had not made an immediate decision to match.

Airlines have raised fares many times in the past two years, partly to cover higher fuel costs.

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