British Airways passes rising oil costs onto passengers

Published by Rebecca Atkinson on 29 May 2008.
Last updated on 29 May 2008

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British Airways passengers will have to pay up to £60 more to fly after the airline announced it is to increase fuel surcharges on all tickets.

The change, which will come into effect from 3 June, has been blamed on soaring oil prices.

Surcharges on short haul flights will increase by £6 for a return flight to £32, while the surcharges on medium haul flights (less than nine hours) will increase by £30 to £156 for return tickets.

Finally, surcharges on flights of more than nine hours will increase by £60 to £218 for a return ticket.

BA says it will also increase fuel surcharges by a similar level for non-UK passengers.

The move comes less than a month after the airline reported a 45% rise in profits during 2007 to £883 million. It also issued a warning that sky-high prices for fuel could impact on future profits.

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