- Jun 30, 2002
She weighs little more than hand luggage and doesn't have a seat on the plane, but my daughter Catherine Emma is being hit for the same fuel surcharge as a full-grown man.
She is heading to England on Singapore Airlines with her parents later this year to meet family in the northern hemisphere. Her ticket, which gives her the right to a bassinet, costs $258, 10% of the adult fare her parents will each pay.
But the fuel surcharge on her ticket - an extra fee to cover the rising costs of jet fuel - is $337, the same as an adult, hiking her ticket price by over 130%.
Singapore Airlines is not alone in charging babies the full fuel surcharge. Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Qantas also charge babies the same fuel surcharge as they would a full-grown adult on international flights.