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Virgin Australia advises of changes to Fares and Fuel Surcharges

05/08/2013

Virgin Australia today announced it would increase fares and international fuel surcharges in response to higher fuel costs.

Due to the sustained fall in the value of the Australian Dollar and the recent increase in crude oil prices, Virgin Australia’s fuel costs have risen by 13% over the past two months.

Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “As a result of the competitive environment, Virgin Australia has been unable to recover previous increases in fuel costs and is now facing higher fuel costs primarily due to the fall in the value of the Australian dollar.

“In making these changes, we have been very conscious of balancing our commitment to providing competitive fares with the operational costs of our business”.

“We will continue to closely monitor fuel prices and consider increases or decreases to our fuel surcharges and fares in line with changes in market conditions”, Ms Crompton said.

The following changes will apply to tickets sold from 22 August 2013.

Long-haul International

  • $25 increase each way to United States, Europe and the Middle East for the Economy cabin, through a change in base fares.
  • $35 increase each way to United States, Europe and the Middle East for the Premium Economy cabin, through a change in base fares.
  • $50 increase each way to United States for the Business cabin, through a change in the fuel surcharge and base fare.
  • $65 increase each way to Europe and the Middle East for the Business cabin, through a change in base fares.

Short-haul International

  • 3% increase in base fares on the majority of short-haul international routes.

Domestic

  • 3% average increase in domestic and regional base fares.

1Approvals of regulators will be sought for a 3% increase in fares on regulated routes.