Monday, October 16, 2006

Qantas lifts prices, cuts fuel surcharge

Qantas yesterday denied that a 3 per cent average increase in domestic ticket prices was designed to offset a planned reduction in fuel surcharges.
The airline confirmed it was reviewing its unpopular fuel surcharge after other carriers, including main rival Singapore Airlines, announced cuts in the wake of falling fuel prices.
Qantas would not say how much the fuel surcharges would drop. However, Singapore Airlines cut its levy by 10 per cent from today, reducing it from $80 to $72 a sector on flights from Australia. This reduces the surcharge on a Singapore flight to Europe to $144, compared with $185 on Qantas.
Other Qantas surcharges are $31 on a domestic flight, $24 on a Jetstar flight and $65 across the Tasman, $145 to North America, South Africa and India and $115 to Southeast Asia and Hawaii.
16/10/06 Steve Creedy/The Australian, Australia