Air France ups fuel surcharge

Air France and KLM have announced that they will be increasing the fuel surcharge levied on all their flights.

The airlines said that the increases were necessary to cover the rising costs of oil.

From today (August 8th) fuel surcharges on European and medium-haul flights will increase by €1 (70p) each way and €5 (£3.40) on long-haul flights.

However, Air France said in a statement that fuel surcharges would come down again if the price of oil fell in the future.

Air France flies from a number of UK airports, including London Heathrow, London City Airport, Manchester and Glasgow.

Recently, the Australian flag carrier Qantas said that it was increasing the fuel surcharge on all its international flights as a result of rising oil prices.

At the time, the airline's chief executive, Geoff Dixon, said: "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."

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