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Tour Operators Announce Flight Fuel Surcharges

Wednesday March 2, 2011

Tour Operators Announce Flight Fuel Surcharges

Tourists booking flights and holidays in Lanzarote with Thomas Cook and Thomson will have to pay an additional £25 per person. As the two tour operators announce their intention to pass the cost of rising fuel prices, caused by the current unrest in the Middle East, onto holidaymakers.

Both Thomas Cook and Thomson Holidays yesterday announced that they will be adding fuel surcharge levies to all flights with immediate effect. As the chaos in Libya and unrest in the Middle East has caused the cost of jet fuel to surge by 40% over the last year.

The fuel levy will add £15 per person on short haul flights. £25 per person to mid haul destinations, such as Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. And £40 per person for flights lasting more than seven hours.

According to Ian Ailles of Thomas Cook; We've worked hard to keep the impact of the rising fuel costs on our holidaymakers to a minimum but the fuel levy is an unavoidable result of the rising price of oil.

However fuel surcharges may not be implemented by all airlines as carriers such as Ryanair indicated their commitment to not imposing further costs on their clients for the foreseeable future.

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