Qantas will increase the cost of domestic and international tickets next month, driven by a rise in the airline's fuel surcharges.
Citing "recent increases in fuel costs and the depreciation of the Australian dollar", the base airfare on domestic routes flown by Qantas and its regional QantasLink arm will increase by between 2 and 3 per cent from August 15, although the exact amount of the fare increases "will vary by route and fare class."
Overseas travellers will pay an extra $20 to $150 for return tickets issued on or after August 14, depending on their destination and also what type of seat they're booked into.
For example, a return ticket between Australia and the USA will increase by $50 in economy, $70 in premium economy and $100 in business or first class.
On flights to Hong Kong, the USA and South Africa the base fare will rise rather than the fuel surcharge, Qantas says, because "regulatory and market conditions make it more appropriate to incorporate the increase into the base fare, rather than the fuel surcharge, as means to recover fuel costs."
Here's the full breakdown as shared by Qantas on its Industry Sales website for travel agents.
Qantas argues that this is the first time its fuel surcharges have increased "across the international network since April 2012. Since that time, the real cost of Singapore Jet Fuel in Australian dollars has increased significantly."
"While we use a range of tools to mitigate the impact of fuel costs – including fuel surcharges, price increases and hedging – the Qantas Group is still under-recovering the cost of past fuel price increases."
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