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Pacific Blue Raises Some Fares Due to Fuel Costs

07/07/2008

New Zealand airline Pacific Blue has announced increases to some international and domestic fares following the continuing rise in jet fuel prices.


Pacific Blue is raising fares on around half its international routes. The airline said the changes amount to an average increase of less than two percent across its international network.


As part of a fare review the airline is also reducing some domestic fares and raising others. The average increase across its domestic network is less than one percent.


Pacific Blue General Manager, Commercial, Adrian Hamilton-Manns, said that the airline had kept the increases as low as possible and confined to as few routes as possible.


“We’re a low-fare airline so we’re doing this reluctantly,” he said. “However with jet fuel continuing to rise to over US$165 a barrel compared with around US$90 a year ago, such increases are a commercial reality.”


The increases are effective for travel from 1 July.


About Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue, and Virgin Blue Airlines


Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue, along with Australian domestic airline Virgin Blue, operate a fleet of 63 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 22 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu