Passengers may not want to hear what the government expects from airlines: fewer choices and more fees, according to a new report.

FOX News Radio's Ron Flatter reports:

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Fewer jet airliners. Fewer choices. With five major carriers left in the U.S., the Transportation Department says we may expect fewer flights to smaller cities and more added fees for baggage, both checked and carried on.

The new report says high fuel prices accounting for 35% of expenses and slow recovery from the economic downturn have led to airlines providing less and to fewer small airlines being able to compete. The government says it will be even tighter if American and U.S. Airways negotiate a merger.

Ron Flatter, FOX News Radio.