QF, EK lift fuel levies on joint network

QF, EK lift fuel levies on joint network
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Qantas has increased its fuel surcharges to bring them in line with alliance partner Emirates, which has also lifted its levy.

Qantas said the move in part of an ongoing alignment with Emirates on the joint network, but also reflects continued high fuel costs and a lower Australian dollar.

Emirates blamed exchange rates, which has impacted fuel costs, for the increase.

“The surcharge gives us the ability to respond faster to market conditions, rather than a lengthier process of incorporating them into fares,” Emirates said in a statement. “All existing bookings will be issued at the current fuel surcharge level, as long as they are ticketed on/before January 22.”

Qantas’s increase will take effect on the same day, January 23.

Economy surcharges will rise $15 to $270 on one way trips to Europe, UK and North Africa, by $10 to $165 to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and by $15 to $155 on flights to the Middle East.

Premium economy class passengers will pay an extra $30, $15 and $30, taking the surcharge to $355, $195 and $195.

The surcharge for business and first class passengers on flights to the UK, Europe and North Africa will increase $50 to $495 with a similar rise on services to the Middle East, taking the levy to $270.

Flights to Asia will incur a surcharge of $240, a rise of $25.

Qantas said surcharges on other parts of its network will remain unchanged.

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