American Airlines increases Fuel Surcharge

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Friday, 2 November 2007

American Airlines has increased its fuel surcharges on fares in the continental United States by $10 one way and $20 round trip in an effort to recover some of the costs associated with recent large increases in the price of crude oil and jet fuel.

Just since August, average spot market crude oil prices have risen by nearly $14 a barrel. That increase translates into more than $1 billion of additional annual expense for the airline.

Crude oil prices on the spot market averaged $85.66 per barrel for all of October, but have already moved higher. Since January 2007, refined jet fuel prices on the spot market have risen nearly 44%.

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