HOUSTON (AP) -- Continental Airlines has begun adding a $10 surcharge for one-way flights and $20 for round trips in an
attempt to recoup spiraling fuel costs.
Officials for the carrier said Tuesday that the surcharge applies to domestic flights on Feb. 1 and afterward. Tickets purchased before Tuesday will not include the
The charge appears on the face of the ticket but is not included in the quoted fare, said Karla Villalon, spokeswoman for the Houston-based carrier.
``Our cost for aircraft fuel in the fourth quarter of 1999 rose 49.7 percent over 1998,'' Ms. Villalon said. The company spent $259 million on fuel in the last three
months of the year.
Increased fuel costs are a direct result of the highest oil prices in nearly a decade, spawned by production cutbacks by foreign oil powers.
Ms. Villalon said the airline acted independently of other carriers, who also are reporting reduced profits because of expensive fuel.
This is really strange. Continental isn't usually one to initiate something like this. You never see continental initiate a fare hike. These usually start with American or United, and then the other carriers follow.
You can be sure that NW will follow along. Will UA or AA be next?