Due to the high price of oil, British Airways has today had to announce an increase in its fuel surcharge on longhaul travel from Friday, April 8, 2011. There will be no increase in the fuel surcharge on domestic and shorthaul flights.
Nick Swift, British Airways’ chief financial officer, said: “It’s with real regret that we are having to increase our longhaul fuel surcharge. As customers will know from the price at the petrol pumps, the cost of fuel has continued to rise significantly over the past three months. For us, fuel now represents over one third of our costs and particularly affects our longhaul flights. We are very aware of the wider economic pressures on our customers at the moment and we will bear the vast majority of the recent fuel price rise ourselves to keep this increase in surcharge to a minimum.”
Longhaul non-premium tickets will experience an increase of £10 per sector.
This means that World Traveller (economy) flights under nine hours will increase from £75 a sector to £85 and flights in excess of nine hours will increase from £88 a sector to £98.
World Traveller Plus (premium economy) flights under nine hours will increase from £85 to £95 a sector and flights of more than nine hours will increase from £106.50 a sector to £116.50.
Longhaul premium tickets will increase by £20 per sector.
First and Club World flights under nine hours will increase from £105 per sector to £125. On flights of more than nine hours there will be an increase from £125 per sector to £145.