XJETFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 326 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
It's a private industry, they can charge as they please. If your willing to pay, i'm sure they will charge. Just like fuel being a demand and supply thing, passengers are a supply and demand thing. To high, don't fly! Until then, enjoy the economics of airlines charging for everything. A lot of businesses will enjoy this for years to come...
Danfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1803 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
BA were adding fuel surcharges regularly when the fuel price was rising, but strangely the fuel surcharge isnt going down! Another thing is BA said it hedged its fuel at $88 a barrel, so technically they had no need to add surcharges on, not until their hedging of fuel runs out. I agree that they should have raised it slightly, so when they come off their hedged fuel price they dont have to add a £15 surcharge to every ticket over night. But they shouldnt give out the impression that they need your fuel surcharge to keep the plane in the air, it simply isnt the case.
The excuse all airlines will use now is the fact that 'it wont stay this low'. Expect to see these surcharges for a while.
Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
Zkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1573 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
Airlines would need to see another few $ off before they consider removing fuel surcharges and it has to stay down for a certain time, because it could just go back up to 140 +. (winter is around the corner)
Most airlines in the world now have to build the capital back up , most airlines profit's have been nearly wiped out , ryanair, BA, UA, to name a few.
Oil is still quite high 119 US$, most airlines are hedging fuel for the rest of this year and 09/ at around the 100$ mark,
tho every day it does drop airlines look a bit stronger..
Eghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1829 times:
Quoting F.pier (Thread starter): As we all know, the fuel price is going down wherever, so I would expect fuel surcharges reductions. I haven't seen any, yet.
I don't really understand what a fuel surcharge is anyway. If you have to pay $283.00 to fly from City A to City B, you have to pay $283.00. Whether they call it a fare, fuel surcharge, F/A gratuity, extortion, bribe, rip-off or privilege, it still comes down to $283.00 to fly from one city to another on a given airplane in a given seat.
Are the airlines going to institute "labor charges" if the unions negotiate raises? "Bankrupcty charges" in order to pay their lawyers? "Maintenance charges" for the mechanics who work on the airplane?
HercPPMX From United States of America, joined May 2008, 196 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1829 times:
Fuel charges aren't going any where, Airlines already run business models with oil factored less than $100 per barrel. Then they reduce prices even more to stay competitive. We all know that a lot of the legacy carriers are operating at a loss factored to higher fuel or management stupidity(not admitting yet.). As long as they keep posting losses or just even moderate gains there will be no pressure for them to lift the surcharges.