BA and Virgin have cut fuel surcharges across their networks, with long-haul flights benefitting by as much as £70 per return ticket.
BA said the move (which comes into effect on December 18) reflects "the reduction in the price of oil and the airline’s fuel hedging policy for 2009/10", while Virgin said it was cutting surcharges following "the recent, sustained decrease in the price of crude oil".
It will mean a drop of £30 per sector for Virgin economy and BA World Traveller flights over nine hours*, or £35 per sector for Virgin Upper Class and BA First / Club World tickets.
The full reduction details are as follows:
Virgin economy and BA World Traveller flights over nine hours* see a reduction of £30 per sector to £66, while flights of less than nine hours see a reduction of £15 per sector to £53.
The surcharge on Virgin Premium Economy and BA World Traveller Plus flights over nine hours* will be reduced by £30 per sector to £85, while flights of less than nine hours see a reduction of £20 per sector to £63.
Virgin Upper Class and BA First / Club World flights over nine hours* see a reduction of £35 per sector to £98 and on shorter flights a reduction of £20 to £78.
The fuel surcharge on BA domestic and European services will also be reduced by £4 to £12 per sector. For Club Europe it will be reduced by £5 to £15 per sector.
For more information visit ba.com.
* Virgin specifies its longer sectors (ie: those attracting a larger reduction in fuel surcharges) as being those between London and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Beijing Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Mauritius, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Hong Kong.