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Qantas ups fuel charges

Qantas will increase the fuel surcharges it levies on international flights as the price of oil continues to increase.

Australian airline Qantas has announced that it will increase the fuel surcharges on its flights to and from Europe.

For all international tickets issued on or after August 9th, the fuel charges levied by the airline will increase as a result of oil price increases.

For UK passengers, the changes will increase from A$170 to A$180 (£71 to £75).

"Along with most airlines, Qantas has been closely monitoring the upward movement in oil and jet fuel prices over recent months, and with Singapore jet fuel now nearly US$90 a barrel, we have adjusted our international surcharges to or below their August 2006 levels," explained the chief executive of Qantas, Geoff Dixon.

"Should the fuel prices drop, we will reduce the surcharges, as we have done on two separate occasions in the past ten months. The price of jet fuel has increased by more than US$17 per barrel since the last adjustment."

Recently, Qantas introduced a host of new services on its routes. These include a premium economy cabin on many planes and the ability to book flights online but pay at a later date.

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