Qantas has said that, due to continuing record fuel prices, it would increase its international fuel surcharges for tickets issued on or after 31 August 2006. The Executive General Manager of Qantas, John Borghetti, said that Qantas would also introduce a new four-level system for its surcharges, based on the distance travelled. “For example, the fuel surcharge for our longest flight from Australia to London will be higher than for a mid-range flight from Australia to Singapore or Hong Kong,” he said.
Mr Borghetti said that since Qantas introduced fuel surcharges in May 2004, they had been applied to domestic, trans-Tasman and international travel on a per sector basis. “These new arrangements will see all customers travelling Qantas internationally to a particular destination pay the same surcharge, regardless of how many sectors they fly to reach that destination,” he said. Mr Borghetti said there would be no change to the Qantas Group’s domestic fuel surcharges. He said record high fuel prices continued to have a significant impact on Qantas. “When Qantas first introduced a fuel surcharge in May 2004, crude oil was trading at US$40 a barrel,” he said.
Qantas has also been nominated this year for a
World Travel Award as World Leading Airline Inflight Meal Service.