BA increases fuel surcharge
British Airways has announced an increase in its fuel surcharge on all tickets booked from November 15th.
British Airways (BA) has confirmed that it will increase its fuel surcharge on all tickets booked from November 15th this year.
BA said that its decision reflects record oil prices and rising expenses, with the cost of fuel expected to increase by £136 million in the second half of the current financial year.
The total fuel bill this year is expected to exceed £2 billion for the first time, the carrier said.
The changes will see the surcharge for long-haul flights of less than nine hours increase from £38 to £48, or £96 for a return, while flights longer than nine hours will carry a charge of £58 (£116 return), up from the previous level of £43.
Short-haul surcharges will rise from £8 to £10 per single flight, or £20 for a return journey.
Robert Boyle, commercial director of BA, said that oil prices are now at record levels, with a rise in cost of more than $20 (£9.67) per barrel since June 2007.
Rival carrier Ryanair gave a hostile reaction to the announcement and claimed that BA is buying its fuel for 2007 at a set price of $75, making the surcharge increase "unjust and unfair".
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