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Rival price cuts to coincide
Rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have announced reductions in their fuel surcharges.
Both plan to lower fuel surcharges by as much as a third on long haul flights effective from tomorrow (December 18).
Both said the reductions are the result of the falling price of oil.
BA said World Traveller passengers on flights of more than nine hours will pay £30 less on one-way tickets, bringing the surcharge down to £66. Surcharges on shorter flights will fall by £15 to £53.
On World Traveller Plus flights, passengers will pay £85 for fuel, £30 less on flights over nine hours, with shorter flights reduced by £20 to £63.
First and Club World flights over nine hours will be charged £35 less per sector to £98, and on shorter flights £20 less to £78.
BA's short haul surcharges will also fall by £4 to £12. Club Europe surcharges will be reduced by £5 to £15.
Virgin's cuts, announced the same day, bring its surcharges in line with BA's.
The airline said passengers on longer flights in Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class will pay £30, £29.50 and £35 less for fuel respectively, bringing charges down to £66, £85 and £98.
Shorter flights in Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class will pay £15, £20 and £20 less respectively, or £53, £63 and £78.
Virgin said longer flights are those from London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Beijing Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Mauritius, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Hong Kong.