Air France-KLM can deal with doubling of fuel price

Air France-KLM says it can accommodate a doubling of crude oil prices if it occurs slowly.

But a sudden rise would force quick increases in fuel surcharges and lead to an overcapacity in its planes, chief operating officer Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said in an interview with the daily Liberation.

He estimated that an oil price of 100 usd per barrel would result in a fuel surcharge of 70 eur per long distance flight, against 51 eur at present.

Gourgeon also said that even if crude rises to 150 usd per barrel, airline traffic would persist despite higher ticket prices.