Virgin and BA cut fuel surchargesSurcharge reductions as oil prices fall

15 October 2008

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Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have both announced that passenger fuel surcharges will be reduced from midnight tonight.


The move will see reductions of up to £13 per flight and is likely to be welcomed by air passengers. BA’s announcement comes hot on the heels of a Virgin press statement yesterday saying that the reduction follows ‘the recent, sustained decrease in the price of crude oil’. A number of other major worldwide airlines including Cathay Pacific and Air France have already lowered their fuel surcharges.


New fuel charges


The reductions and new surcharges remain the same for both airlines - a maximum cut of £26 on specific economy flights. Virgin's Upper Class and BA’s Business Class fares remain unchanged.

The new fuel surcharge for Virgin Atlantic on  Shorter Sector Economy flights is now £68 with charges in Premium Economy at £83.  The Longer Sector Economy charge will be £96 with Premium Economy at £114.50. The Longer sectors include; London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Beijing Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Mauritius, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Hong Kong.


For British Airways the new fuel surcharge on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will be £68 for World Traveller (Economy) and £83 for World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy).  Long-haul flights of more than nine hours will cost £96 on World Traveller (Economy) flights and £114.50 on World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy). 

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