In itself, the fuel surcharges are an acceptable idea, hefty and all as they may be, as long as they are only temporary, according to the price of fuel. I cannot, however see them being reduced in the short to medium term.
I can appreciate that any member of the public would find my point of view unacceptable, as I probably would if I were one. It's just that cheap standby tickets as airline staff are a major perk of 99% of airlines out there, and it grates a bit that there is such a percentage increase.
I know for a fact that some airline staff wouldn't work in an airline without the cheap travel that goes with it.
You are right when you say that an increase is better than going out of business, but just for example, as a rough estimate, try it out ....
3500 permanent staff with concessions
x2 because you usually take someone else when you travel,
x3 longhaul trips a year, (being optimistic)
xEUR70.00 surcharge for a roundtrip.
You are talking about, at very close to the maximum, I would think, an extra EUR1.47million. For the sake of staff goodwill, because believe me, it doesn't take much to lose it, out of company profits, that is not a large amount.
Don't get me wrong, I would be happy to pay some sort of fuel surcharge, as I think it's only fair, but considering that its a standby ticket, and some of the risks that go with it, I think the amount (or % increase for the staff side), is a bit much.
I know that I'll get people left right and centre telling me I'm wrong on this, but its just IMHO.
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