British Airways increases fuel surcharge

British Airways is increasing the fuel surchare on all tickets by as much as 15. The airline will bring in the changes on November 15, it annonced today (November 12).

British Airways is increasing the fuel surchare on all tickets by as much as £15. The airline will bring in the changes on November 15, it announced today (November 12).

There will be a £2 increase in the charge on short-haul flights from £8 to £10 and there will be a £10 to £48 on flights on long-haul flight of less than nine hours. On flights longer than nine hours, there will be a £15 hike to £58, meaning that £116 would be added to the cost of a return ticket.

BA commercial director, Robert Boyle, says: “The cost of oil has reached record levels, rising by more than $20 per barrel since we last increased our fuel surcharge in June 2007. “

The airline adds that it “expects the cost of fuel to increase by £136m in the second half of the current financial year, with the total fuel bill for the year anticipated to exceed £2bn for the first time”.

BA first introduced a fuel surcharge in May 2004, but earlier this year it was fined £270m after admitting it had fixed the price of fuel surcharges with Virgin Atlantic.

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