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Which of the following is mentioned in the passage as the original cause of the airline industry's increased prices?
While the passage states that the rise of prices in the traditional airlines brought to the success of the discount airlines, not the other way around.
The passage states that the losses incurred by airlines caused ticket prices to remain high even when fuel prices diminished. The losses, then, did not cause the ticket price to rise in the first place.
The depressed state of the industry is stated as a result, not a cause, of the airline industry's increased prices.
The passage states that the rising cost of fuel and market contraction significantly increased the operating cost of air travel. In the next sentence, the passage states that this forces airlines to transfer these costs to the customer.
The passage states that the market's contraction, not expansion, caused an increase in ticket prices.