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Qantas raises fuel surcharge once more

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 19, 2011

Qantas aircraft at Sydney's T3. (Rob Finlayson)

Qantas has announced that it will again increase its international fuel surcharges and raise domestic, regional and trans Tasman fares by five per cent, in response to rising oil and jet fuel prices.

The increases will apply to tickets issued on or after Thursday April 28, while a fuel surcharge of $10 for domestic and $20 for trans Tasman Classic Award frequent flyer redemptions will also be levied. The fuel surcharge increase will be as much as $100 per one-way ticket for international long haul flights, rising from $190 to $290 for flights from Australia to Europe/UK one-way, and from $150 to $250 for flights to the mainland US and Canada one-way.

“The revised fuel surcharges cover less than half of the increase in fuel cost for the Qantas International business for next year. With fuel prices at record highs, even if the fuel price begins to decrease it will be some time before we will be able to decrease the fuel surcharge,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

Further, the Qantas chief would not rule out additional increases to fuel surcharges and fares, should the need arise. “Our international surcharges and domestic, regional and Tasman fares remain under review, and further increases will be considered if necessary,” he said.

Qantas noted that the price of Singapore Jet Fuel has risen to over US$136 per barrel.

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Comments (3)

  • Rob


    An open question to QANTAS Management:

    Dear QANTAS,

    What are you doing to my favorite airline? Is there even the slightest hope of some good news on the horizon? You do realise that Virgin Blue is out to get you?

    Some ideas:

    Replacing the ancient B767’s (I can’t understand why the first 787’s are destined for low-cost Jetstar while your 767’s chug along on premium routes) now! Perhaps lease A330’s?

    777’s for QF international – seems to have made sense to every major successful airline in the world.

    Ditch the rubbish ‘enhancements’ and go back to full service.

    Stop whinging in the press about how hard things are and just get on with fixing the mess you’re in. I expected more from AJ than this.

    Ask James Stron what he’d do.

    Thank you,


  • Brock


    I couldn’t agree with Rob more.

    Over the past 3 years, Joyce has taken more backward steps then forward ones. I cannot see how increasing ticket prices will help at all. I understand the company still has to maintain a stable financial base, but there are other ways to achieve this goal.

    I would also like to agree with ‘Rob’ on his point about the B767s and Jetstars 787s. Lets face it, the moment the 787s come in, despite the low cost of running them, Jetstar ticket prices will increase. No doubt. How about giving the ancient 76’s a well deserved break.


  • Phil


    Sadly Qantas is not the airline that it used to be.
    Cabin crew treat you like they are doing you a favour and not doing the job they are paid to do. It is passangers who create the need for their job to exist.

    The other big rip off with Qantas is with frequent flyer points. On routes where they have substituted Jetstar flights, eg Melbourne – Bangkok they still take the same amount of points as for a QF or partner airline and give you cattle class with no meal, amenities and even water is charged for. Not happy!
    After having this done to me a few years ago Qantas is now the airline of last resort.

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