Qantas today confirmed that it is to increase its fuel surcharges because of the continued escalation of the price of crude oil and jet fuel. The Chief Executive of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said the decision had been made reluctantly.
“The volatility of current and future oil and jet fuel prices is a serious issue for all airlines,” Mr Dixon said.
“At current prices, the Qantas fuel bill will rise by more than $1.25 billion this year.
“Hedging and surcharges will continue to partially offset this significant cost. However we still face a $650 million shortfall at current prices.”
The increase will be effective on tickets issued on or after Friday 2 September 2005.