BRITISH AIRWAYS, and this is typical of most airlines, is to increase the fuel surcharge on its long haul flights from today (Monday 12 September), as a result of further rises in the price of fuel. The long haul fuel surcharge on tickets sold and issued in the UK will increase from ”24 per sector to ”30 per sector (”60 return trip). The short haul fuel surcharge will remain unchanged at ”8 per sector (”16 a return trip). BA”s fuel bill of around ”1.6bn is now its second largest cost after staff. It now costs almost 400% more than it did in December 2001 to fill up a ”plane. The additional fuel surcharge only applies to tickets issued from today. It does not apply to tickets already paid for and issued.