Australian airline Qantas has said that it will soon raise fuel charges on all flights.
A press release issued by the flag carrier on Friday said that the move will go into effect beginning 12 April; most tickets will see an increase amounting to AUD $10 to $30 each direction according to reports. The Brisbane Times said on Monday that those flying round trip from Australia to Frankfurt or London will pay an extra AUD $60 with the change.
Domestic flights will see an increase in fuel charges of about 5 per cent, officials said; the starting fare for a ticket from Melbourne to Sydney will climb $7 from AUD $122 to AUD $129 later this month. Similarly, the move will also impact frequent flyer reward bookings, according to reports.
Qantas management said last week that fuel is now at its highest cost in the company’s history and it was also its largest single operating cost. Officials said that the fare increases would indeed help the airline to recoup the substantial burden but that it would still not cover the entire costs.
The firm, which last raised fuel charges in February, said that its underlying costs for jet fuel increased some AUD $300 million in the last six months amounting to a total of $2.25 billion for the second half of the current financial year.