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Australian, NZ carriers Raise Fares
Down under airfares going up
Mar 14, 2011
Virging Blue has followed on the heels of Qantas and Air New Zealand in raising fuel surcharges by as much as $100 for a return international trip and fares by up to $10 for a one-way domestic flight.
The airline blamed higher jet fuel prices for the second increase in surcharges in less than a month.
Qantas last week raised fuel surcharges on its international flights for the second time in a little more than a month, while Air New Zealand increased trans-Tasman fares by an average of 8 per cent.
Advertisement: Story continues below Passengers will now pay a surcharge of $165 for a one-way ticket on V Australia flights between Australia and Los Angeles, while those flying to Europe via Abu Dhabi will pay a surcharge of $240 each way, up from $220. V Australia's surcharges on the two main routes are as much as $50 higher for a one-way trip than Qantas's.
International short-haul fares for flights on Virgin Blue subsidiaries Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue will increase by up to $20 for a one-way ticket. Domestic fares will rise by between $6 and $10 each way.