Fuel cost blamed for Virgin Blue price hike
VIRGIN Blue Holdings Ltd says it has hiked fares and increased fuel surcharges again due to the soaring cost of fuel.
It’s the second time in less than a month the airline group – comprising Virgin Blue, Polynesian Blue, Pacific Blue and V Australia – has taken fares higher in response to fuel prices.
The airline group said yesterday the fuel levy for flights to the US would rise by $ 50 per sector to $ 165. That adds $ 100 on a return trip to Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, there would be a smaller increase of $ 20 per sector for flights to Abu Dhabi, the UK and Europe to $ 240. Virgin Blue said it would also raise ticket prices for flights within Australia by between $ 6 and $ 10 per sector, with fares for shorthaul regional flights to places such as New Zealand to rise by up to $ 20 per sector. Virgin Blue closed at 34.5 cents.