Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Thomas Cook adds fuel surcharge

People heading on overseas breaks this year will have to pay increased costs to cover flight fuel surcharges

Thousands of families will have to pay an extra £160 or more for overseas holidays after travel giant Thomas Cook announced fuel surcharges on flights.

The surcharges range from £7.50 per person up to £40 for long-haul flights.

This means that a family of four travelling to Florida will have to pay an extra £160.

The surcharges apply to all bookings made from now on Thomas Cook Airlines' flight-only and package tours leaving the UK.

Brands affected are Thomas Cook, Airtours, Sunset, Manos and Club 18-30.

Thomas Cook blamed the increase on the rising price of oil and the subsequent increases in the cost of jet fuel, which have gone up by more than 40% in the last year.

Ian Ailles, Thomas Cook UK and Ireland mainstream chief executive, said: "We've worked hard to keep the impact of the rising fuel costs on our holidaymakers to a minimum but the fuel levy is an unavoidable result of the rising price of oil."

Last week, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of the British Airways-Iberia merged company International Airlines Group, warned of possible fuel surcharges across the industry.

Holiday companies Thomson and First Choice said they were also imposing fuel surcharges.

The companies said: "Thomson and First Choice regret the addition of this charge and endeavour to keep these supplements as low as possible."

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