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HSV airport officials hope to bring down prices

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Huntsville International Airport is fighting back.

A week after reclaiming the crown as America's most expensive airport, HSV officials are hoping to put public pressure on federal airline regulators to make a change.

Airport spokeswoman Barbie Peek says that the airport itself has very little say in what airlines charge passengers. This week, the airport started an online petition that they hope will level the playing field. It asks federal regulators to give mid-sized and small airports more power to negotiate ticket fees with airlines.

Right now, Huntsville International Airport serves nine airports in eight cities (Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Detroit Denver and both airports in Washington D.C.). A report from the US Department of Transportation last week showed Huntsville had the highest fares in the nation, averaging more than $520 per ticket.

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