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British Airways raises fuel surcharge by £12

BA planes
Image caption The fuel surcharge is part of the cost of an airline ticket

British Airways says it will increase its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights for the second time in three months.

From Tuesday, 8 February, passengers will pay at least an extra £12 per journey sector - taking the surcharge to between £75 and £125 depending on flight length and class of travel.

BA said the increase was the result of the rising cost of oil and jet fuel since the last rise in December.

Short-haul flights are unaffected by the changes.

But first-class travellers will see the cost go up by £17 per journey sector.

Latest move

BA last increased the fuel surcharge in December when it raised the cost by £10 per sector.

The previous increase prior to December was in June 2008, after which it reduced the surcharge twice.

The latest changes mean a return flight will have at least a £24 surcharge increase.

The changes will mean:

  • For World Traveller flights over nine hours, the surcharge will increase from £76 a sector to £88
  • On these flights of less than nine hours, it will increase from £63 a sector to £75
  • For World Traveller Plus, flights over nine hours will see the surcharge increase from £94.50 a sector to £106.50
  • On these flights of less than nine hours, it will increase from £73 per sector to £85
  • For First and Club World flights over nine hours, it will increase from £108 per sector to £125
  • On these flights of less than nine hours, it will increase from £88 per sector to £105

Surcharges were introduced to help airlines with the rising cost of jet fuel and have come to make up a significant part of the price of an airline ticket.

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