British Airways (BA) passengers are bracing themselves for higher ticket prices after the airline confirmed it was raising its fuel surcharges.
The changes – which affect all tickets booked from this Thursday (15 November) – will push the surcharge over £100 for some return tickets.
The airline blamed the move on record crude oil prices, which could push its annual fuel bill over the £2 billion mark for the first time.
These latest changes will mean:
- the surcharge for long-haul flights of less than nine hours will increase by £10 per flight from £38 to £48 (£96 return)
- the surcharge for long-haul flights of more than nine hours will increase by £15 from £43 to £58 per flight (£116 return)
- the surcharge for short-haul flights will increase by £2 from £8 to £10 per flight (£20 return).
Third hike this year
It’s the third hike in fuel surcharges by BA this year and that means that since April the fuel charges on return long-haul flights lasting less than nine hours have increased by £36, with return long-haul flights of more than nine hours seeing a £46 increase.
British Airways Commercial Director Robert Boyle defended the move by saying the cost of oil had risen by more than US $20 per barrel since the airline last increased its fuel surcharge in June.