- Jan 22, 2007
I know this topic has been done before, but seeing that fuel prices has fallen to to four year lows, airlines have not dropped the cost of fuel surcharges.
Passengers will be wishing Australia had taken a leaf out of Hong Kong's book before the Christmas holidays, the busiest flying time of the year.
Since January, the Chinese territory's aviation regulators have forced Qantas and other airlines to drop passenger fuel surcharges on long-haul flights by almost a third to $HK628 ($95).
But in Australia, Qantas and Emirates have kept their fuel surcharges on international flights intact, despite a 25 per cent fall in jet fuel prices since the start of the year.
Australia's largest travel agent, Flight Centre, has renewed its calls for the airlines to remove the surcharges, which hit travellers redeeming frequent-flyer points hardest.
"I can guarantee you that it is designed by accountants who have no moral fortitude," Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said.