Hike in BA fuel surcharge for long haul flightsFirm blames 'volatile' price of oil

27 April 2007

British Airways is to increase its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights from next week, it was announced today.

From May 2, the surcharge on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will rise from £60 to £66 for a return trip.

For flights of longer than nine hours the surcharge will go up from £70 to £76 for round trips.

The surcharge on short-haul flights remains unchanged at £16 for a return trip.

Increase 'regrettable'

BA commercial director Robert Boyle said: 'The latest increase in the long-haul fuel surcharge is regrettable.

'The cost of fuel has risen significantly in recent weeks. Unfortunately, we have little choice but to pass on some of this extra cost to our customers.'

He went on: 'Fuel continues to be our second largest cost and we expect our fuel bill for the year 2007/08 to be more than £2 billion.

'The price of oil continues to be extremely volatile. Therefore, we believe the fuel surcharge continues to be the most transparent way for our customers to understand what they are paying and allows us to adjust the direct cost to our customers appropriately, whether that is increasing or reducing the fuel surcharge as we did on some of our long-haul flights in January.'

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