Delta Air Lines hit by rising fuel prices

Delta overcame rising oil prices by hiking fares
Delta Airlines via CNN

Higher fuel prices are hurting Delta Air Lines.

Delta warned investors on Tuesday that its second-quarter profit will be lower than it originally projected. The airline paid about 6 percent more for fuel than in the previous quarter as the price of oil climbed.

Oil production has collapsed in crisis-stricken Venezuela, and the Trump administration is stepping up sanctions on Iran, insisting that other countries stop importing its oil. U.S. crude hit $75 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time since 2014.

Strong demand for travel has allowed airlines to raise fares, limiting the hit. Delta said a key measure of fares was 4 percent to 5 percent higher in the quarter than a year earlier.

Shares of Delta, American Airlines and United Continental all fell slightly in early trading on the profit warning.

Delta said travel demand remains strong, helping its results. Paying passengers flew 3.2 percent more miles. Delta also said it has controlled costs other than fuel, keeping the increase in those expenses to about 3 percent.