The Telegraph reports that British Airways has increased its fuel surcharge for the second time in two months, meaning that a family of four have to pay a £704 on a return long-haul economy flight.
"..BA's fuel surcharge on mid-haul flights is now just £3 less than it was in June 2008, when the price of a barrel of Brent crude oil peaked at $147 a barrel. The price this week rose to $103.."
BA are quoted:
"The move reflects the continuing substantial increase in the price of oil and a 14 per cent rise in the spot price of jet fuel since our last fuel surcharge increase in December 2010."
However, in October 2008 the Telegraph reported the following:
"The cost of fuelling a British Airways’ transatlantic flight can be covered almost entirely by the surcharges paid by its passengers, it has emerged.
Since May, BA has charged passengers between £78 and £98 in fuel surcharges for long-haul flights of less than nine hours. This earns the airline nearly £19,140 from surcharges on a 224-seat Boeing 777 flight from London to New York. The surcharges charged by Virgin are the same.
Airlines have long complained of the high cost of fuelling their planes. But tests by the manufacturer Boeing show that a Boeing 777 carrying 305 passengers – some 80 more than a full BA flight – requires 44 tons of fuel for a London-to-New York flight. This includes luggage and cargo. At today’s current oil prices ($800 a ton) this would cost the airline £20,173 – an amount that is almost covered by the extra fees levied on passengers..."
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