BA to increase fuel surcharges

British Airways is to increase its fuel surcharge on all tickets from next week, it was announced today.

From next Tuesday (June 3), the surcharge for short-haul flights will increase by £3 (€3.80) per flight (£6 [€7.62] return) from £13 (€16.51) per flight (£26 [€33] return) to £16 (€20.33) per flight (£32 [€40.66] return).

The surcharge for long-haul flights of less than nine hours will increase by £15 (€19) per flight from £63 (€80) per flight (£126 [€160] return) to £78 (€99.10) per flight (£156 [€198.21] return)

The surcharge for long-haul flights of more than nine hours will increase by £30 (€38.11) per flight from £79 (€100.36) per flight (£158 [€200.81] return) to £109 (€138.50) per flight (£218 [€277]).

BA said it would also increase its fuel surcharges by similar levels in markets outside the UK.

On Wednesday Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic announced fuel surcharge rises, although the carrier said that those sitting at the front of the aircraft would face higher charges than those in economy-class seats at the back.

In recent weeks airlines have announced cutbacks in services because of the sky-high oil prices while some carriers, including some operating between the UK and the US, have gone out of business.

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