JetBlue to add baggage fees, cut legroom

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) -- If you want to buy the cheapest level of JetBlue tickets, it will soon cost you money to check a bag.

And there will be more passengers on your flight.

The New York-based airline has been under pressure from investors to boost revenue, and in a news release explained the ways it plans on catering to the bottom line.

JetBlue Airways Corp. said Wednesday that it will create three ticket classes, and only the top two include at least one free checked bag. The company didn't say what the bag fee would be for the cheapest flights.

JetBlue expects the change will generate more than $200 million in operating revenue, according to a slide prepared for a meeting with investors in New York.

In addition to charging for a checked bag, JetBlue plans to add seats to its A320 fleet beginning in mid-2016. And if cramming onto a flight with even more travelers is irksome, passengers may be soothed by the airline’s plan to include larger seat-back screens and power ports.

Other big airlines have added fees on checked bags since 2008. JetBlue's move will leave Southwest as the only large U.S. airline that allows all passengers to check at least one bag for free.