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Fri 27 Apr 2007 08:20 PM

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British Airways hikes fuel surcharges

Discounted ticket prices now conceal surcharges of over Dhs1000 on return flights to the UK.

British Airways has announced a hike in fuel surcharges that will see almost Dhs550 added to the price of a return flight from the UAE to the UK.

Despite falling oil prices over the past few months, the airline has said that aviation fuel prices have moved in the opposite direction.

"The cost of fuel has risen significantly in recent weeks. Unfortunately, we have little choice but to pass on some of this extra cost to our customers," Commercial Director Robert Boyle said.

BA has been promoting discounted fairs to customers in the Middle East this year, but its marketing mentions only the ticket price and not the fuel surcharge, taxes and other fees.

Only two weeks ago, the airline announced a fair of only Dhs1400 for a return flight to London from Dubai or Abu Dhabi. But add on fees will double this price to around Dhs2500.

When challenged on the concealment of these additional costs by ArabianBusiness.com two weeks ago, Paul Starrs, British Airways commercial manager for the Middle East, said that it was adhering with rules in the region, and that those rules did not require airlines to state surcharges when advertising their ticket prices.

British Airways is not alone in raising its fuel surcharges. Earlier this month, Virgin raised its long haul surcharges to Dhs273.

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