updated 10/17/2007 2:58:47 PM ET 2007-10-17T18:58:47

Southwest Airlines Co. raised fares by $10 each way on longer flights to and from Dallas Love Field, its hometown airport.

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Whitney Eichinger, a Southwest spokeswoman, said the increase that took effect Monday night applied to flights between Dallas and cities outside nearby states. Southwest has only been serving far-flung cities from Dallas since last year with one-stop flights.

Tim Smith, a spokesman for AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, said American matched the increase on similar routes from nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

A spokeswoman for UAL Corp.'s United Airlines said United was studying the issue. Officials at other carriers did not immediately return calls.

Rick Seaney, chief executive of travel Web site FareCompare.com, said several other network carriers had raised fares by $20 per round trip on some other routes out of DFW Airport.

Airline fares were still in flux Tuesday from last week's move by American to raise fares on some domestic routes by $5 each way. That touched off several rounds of jockeying — prices going up and down — among the airlines.

The airlines say they have been raising fares to cover the high cost of jet fuel, and crude oil hit a record $88 per barrel Tuesday. Analysts say fears about rising fuel costs and slipping demand for air travel are keeping a lid on airline stocks.

Last week, Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly said he was cautious about travel demand this fall.

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