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BA increases fuel surcharge

British Airways (BA) has increased its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights.The carrier blamed rising oil prices for the increase, which is due to be implemented from Wednesday May 2nd.Passengers travelling on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will see their £30 surcharge increase by ten per cent, while the surcharge on flights over nine hours will increase to £38.Although admitting that the increase was "regrettable", BA commercial director Robert Boyle explained that the current volatility of oil prices meant fluctuating the surcharge was the "most transparent" way of making customers pay the price.He added that manipulating the fuel surcharge price allowed BA "to adjust the direct cost to our customers appropriately, whether that is increasing or reducing the fuel surcharge as we did on some of our long-haul flights in January".Since introducing the surcharge in May 2004 BA has raised it six times. It cut the surcharge in January from £35 to £30 for sub-nine-hour flights and today's rise keeps its level below that enforced during the final nine months of last year.

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