And now has proven to be deadly.
Fuel surcharge is actually a legal requirement in some countries, it's the law. Airlines must mention this. However it is not a fee on top of the ticket price, it's just a mentioning of how much of the ticket price is spent on fuel. Just like airlines often mention how much of the ticket price is spent on taxes.
This is very off topic but now it goes.
I just bought a one way ticket, route DME-KIV-BCN with Air Moldova. I'm not an expert on reading the small print but check this out. Fuel Surcharge is mentioned as YQ.
Fare EUR 20.00
Fees EUR 9.77 RI EUR 6.52 UH EUR 2.50 JQ EUR 6.20 WW EUR 99.00 YQ
Total Amount EUR 144,01
So the fare is 20EUR, which is very cheap. Then some multiple taxes (I guess for using an international airport, or security taxes, etc). Those are other 25EUR.
But then the fuel surcharge is 99EUR, so 5 times the price of the flight.
It makes seriously non sense... How is it calculated? How is can it be legal that?
Because the return ticket, MPL-DME, with Ural Airlines, has a very different YQ.
Fare 6440 RUB
Fare taxes YR: 500 RUB; YQ: 1776 RUB; QX: 778 RUB; IZ: 334 RUB; FR: 610 RUB; FR: 726 RUB; RI: 140 RUB
Total Amount 11304 RUB
Here the YQ is approx a 20% of the fare. In the other case is 495% of the fare. Albeit in Air Moldova was free, in Ural i was forced to pay 2500rub (33EUR) for 23kg of luggage when the reality is I only need 10. Why don't they sell a 10kg bag?
Again: Why is hand luggage limited to 5kg, to the following sizes: 55x40x20 (cm). Why not 8 kilos? Why not 10 kilos like many other airlines? Sure I wouldn't have chosen Ural (I had an awful experience last year) if it wasn't the only airline flying this route nonstop, or at a decent price including one short connection. But there was nothing else.
I mean: this rules (of URAL) are the same for all economy classes passengers (Economy Light, Economy Promo, Premium-Economy, Promo Light, etc). You can't even chose which one you want. So there is no real advantage of buying a more expensive class. I'm not sure how strict will they be in France, but not wanted to risk a worse fine (well, worse: 40EUR in the airport, instead of 33EUR pre-payment). I should have risked it...
Back to this discussion, the current system is a steal. Is stupid, is unfair, and makes no real sense. Some people say: it would be unfair luggage was free if I don't have any. Sure, it could also be considered unfair that a certain amount of your taxes goes to education, and you have no children to send to school. You could potentially have children, you could potentially have luggage. The system is doomed to fail very soon. Fingers crossed.