4 Feb 2011

Fueld surfcharge to be raised by Qantas

3:58 pm on 4 February 2011

Qantas is to increase a fuel surcharge on international airfares because of the high price of oil.

Passengers will pay between $A20 to $A50 extra for a one-way flight from 19 February.

The ABC reports Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce announced the increase during an address to the Melbourne Press Club on Thursday.

He said the price rises are in response to rising international oil and jet fuel charges, which are at a two-year high.

Mr Joyce said it is the first time the airline has raised fuel surcharges since 2008.

He said Singapore Airlines and British Airways have also increased the fuel charge this year.

"We don't do this lightly and it comes after four fuel surcharge decreases over the past three years," he said.