Travellers on many Qantas and Emirates international flights will be hit with price rises of up to $90 per return trip from next month.
The extra cost, which will be added to tickets as an increase in the fuel surcharge, will apply to Qantas and Emirates flights to Europe, the UK, North Africa and the Middle East for all tickets booked on or after July 8, 2014.
Qantas and Emirates flights to New Zealand and Asia will not be affected, while the cost of tickets on Qantas flights which are not part of the Qantas/Emirates alliance – such as flights to the USA, South Africa and South America – will not change.
Economy passengers will see an increase of $15 per passenger for a one-way booking, with that doubling to $30 for travellers booked in premium economy.
Business class and first class passengers are up for an extra $45 per flight.
Existing bookings are unaffected, provided no change is made to the booking which requires the ticket to be re-issued.
"We regularly review our fuel surcharges policy across our international network, as well as in alignment with Emirates as part of our partnership, and will consider further changes to the fuel surcharge policy as appropriate" Qantas said in a statement detailing the new charges.
This is the second increase in fuel surcharge for Qantas/Emirates flights this year, following a similar hike in January which saw up to $50 added to the cost of a one-way ticket.
Taken on top of today's increase, business travellers on Qantas/Emirates flights to the UK and Europe are now paying an additional $95 in fuel surcharges for a one-way trip compared to 2013, with the total surcharge representing an estimated $540 of the total ticket price.
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