Richard Branson’s airline, Virgin Atlantic, is to reduce its fuel surcharges for most passengers following a dip in world oil prices.
The changes, which take effect from midnight tonight, will mean Virgin economy and premium economy-class travellers paying less, but the existing charges remain in place for the airline’s upper class passengers.
Surcharges for economy passengers on the airline’s shorter sector routes will come down from £78 (€99) to £68 (€87), while economy longer route charges will dip from £109 (€139) to £96 (€123).
Premium economy charges on shorter routes dip £5 (€6.40) to £83 (€106) and come down £6.50 (€8.33) to £114.50 (€146.73) on longer routes.
Charges to upper class passengers stay the same – £98 (€125) for shorter routes and £133 (€170) for long ones.
The Virgin announcement puts pressure on rival carriers such as British Airways to make reductions of their own.
A BA spokesman said today: “We keep the issue of fuel surcharges under constant review.”