Emirates first to end UK fuel surcharge

Emirates has announced that
it will abolish the practice of stand-alone fuel surcharges in the UK,
when it incorporates them into its published air fares from 1st April,
2007. Emirates will be the first carrier operating in the UK to make this

This new development has been introduced to ensure greater fare
transparency for travellers, and to enable travel agents to book tickets
more easily than before. Travel agents will continue to benefit from
generous commission levels, which are currently applicable on existing


Vic Sheppard, Emirates’ Vice President UK & Ireland, says: “The cost of
fuel is part of the operating cost of the airline, unlike airport taxes or
security levies, and we feel that it makes more sense to our
customers and to our travel trade partners, to make it a part of the fare.



“Travel agents are important partners for us, and we value their
business.  Emirates is committed to ensuring best practice across all
areas of our business, and this measure is designed to assist our
partner agents in conveniently securing their fare share of


Emirates already operates 91 non-stop flights each week, or 13 each day,
from the UK to Dubai - five services daily from London Heathrow, three
services per day from London Gatwick, double-daily flights from
Birmingham and Manchester, and a daily connection from Glasgow.


From 1st September, the airline will introduce service from a sixth UK
airport, with the start of a non-stop daily service between Newcastle and