20 DECEMBER 2010
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British Airways has increased its fuel surcharge by £10 on all long haul flights (£20 for a return). In truth passengers will not notice the rise that much as the airline shows an all in price inclusive of taxes, fees, charges and surcharges. BA is also very much into discounting and specialist marketing of flights, Los Angeles from Heathrow for March 2011 recently available for £400 both ways in Economy, but as of today (Monday, 20 December) coming in at £538. With three other carriers competing on the route the prices might come down again.
BA said that there would be no surcharge increases on its short haul flights.
The rise comes only a few weeks after the rise in the UK airport departure Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax.
In a separate statement BAA has pointed out that since the Irish government has reduced APD in a bid to attract passengers the UK should do the same.
It seems clear that both the Treasury and airline financial chiefs will monitor passenger throughout over the coming months to see what effect the charges are having. Record figures at Heathrow indicate no concern presently. www.ba.com
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