Air France Increases Long-Haul Fuel Surcharge

PARIS_Air France raised the fuel surcharge on long-haul passenger flights by €7 (US$8.70) Wednesday, citing "extremely high" oil prices.

Air France, part of the Air France-KLM Group, said the surcharge will be revoked after the price of a barrel of oil falls below US$60 for 30 days in a row.

The latest hike brings Air France's total fuel surcharge on long-haul flights to €51 (US$63.40) per passenger.

Air France last increased its fuel surcharges on Oct. 4, 2005, to €8 (US$10) for domestic services, €12 (US$15) for mid-range services and €44 (US$54.70) on long-haul fares.

The surcharge will come into effect Friday, Air France said.

Air France and other airlines have been increasing their fuel surcharges over the past year in an attempt to recoup some of the expense of record fuel costs.

On Tuesday, Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it would raise its long-haul charge to €62, a 20 percent hike, and British Airways PLC last week raised its charge for long-haul to 35 pounds (€50.50; US$62.50) from 30 pounds.

Light sweet crude for June delivery was trading at US$72.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange early Wednesday.