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BA set to increase fuel surcharge

08 April 2011 10:55

British Airways will increase its long-haul fuel surcharge from Friday

British Airways will increase its long-haul fuel surcharge from Friday

Long-haul travellers who fly with British Airways are set to be hit with higher air fares due to the rise in world oil prices.

While domestic and short haul flights will not be affected, the increase means economy passengers on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will see their fuel surcharge go up from £75 to £85 from Friday.

The economy-seat surcharge on longer flights over nine hours will increase to £98 from £88.

Those travelling in premium economy seats - a higher class than economy but a slight downgrade from business class - will see their surcharge increase from £85 to £95 per flight for long-haul flights of under nine hours and from £106.50 to £116.50 for flights exceeding nine hours.

The premium (business and first class) rise will mean the surcharge going up from £105 to £125 for long-haul flights under nine hours and rising from £125 to £145 for flights of more than nine hours.

No doubt this will lead to travellers looking for cheaper travel insurance quotes.

BA chief financial officer Nick Swift said: "It's with real regret that we are having to increase our long-haul 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."