British Airways is cutting fuel surcharges by up to one third to reflect the combination of lower oil prices and the airline’s fuel hedging policy for 2009/10, and its second reduction this year.
The flag carrier has been under increasing pressure to reduce the charges, which it introduced four years ago to cover the rising cost of fuel, as a host of rivals including Air France KLM and Ryanair have reduced their charges this year.
For passengers travelling in economy, or world traveller class, the surcharge will be reduced by £30 for each sector, down to £66. On long-haul flights of less than nine hours’ duration, the reduction in the surcharge will be £15 per sector, down to £53.
For world traveller plus - or premium economy class - passengers on flights of more than nine hours, the surcharge reduction will be £30, to £85. On long-haul services of less than nine hours, the surcharge will be reduced by £20 for each sector, to £63.
For first-class and club world, or business class, passengers, surcharges on long-haul flights of more than nine hours’ duration will be reduced by £35 for each sector, down to £98, and on shorter long-haul services, the reduction will be £20, down to £78.
On domestic and European services, the fuel surcharge will be reduced as well, by £4 to £12 on each sector. For passengers in Club Europe, or business class, the amount of the reduction will be £5, down to £15 per sector.
Virgin Atlantic has also announced charge cuts by up to £35 per sector (one-way flight).
Economy passengers will pay £53 (£15 less) on shorter sectors and £66 (£30) less on longer sectors.
Premium Economy passengers will pay £63 (£20 less) on shorter sectors and £85 (£29.50 less) on longer sectors.
Upper Class passengers will pay £78 (£20) less on shorter sectors and £98 (£35 less) on longer sectors.