updated 7/15/2008 1:48:17 PM ET 2008-07-15T17:48:17

Passengers of go! airlines in Hawaii will soon be charged a $10 fee to check a bag for inter-island trips.

Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group Inc., go!'s parent company, said Tuesday it is joining several other carriers charging for checked bags. Officials say the airline needs to find other sources of revenue to deal with a spike in fuel prices.

The bag fee will start Aug. 10. Passengers who bought tickets before July 10 will not be charged the new fee.

The carrier says it is also reducing fees for checking a second bag, to $17 from a previously announced $25. That fee applies to passengers who purchased tickets on or after June 25 for travel on or after July 15.

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