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BA raises fuel surcharge further
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British Airways says fuel costs remain "a real burden"
British Airways has announced a further round of increases in fuel surcharges for its long-haul flights.

From 21 April, customers buying tickets in the UK will pay a 35 ($62) charge for a one-way ticket, and 70 for a return trip.

BA last raised its fuel surcharge for long-haul flights to 30 for a one-way trip in September last year.

The airline said the increase was "regrettable" but necessary because of the high price of oil.

BA's announcement came as US light crude reached a fresh record of $70.88 a barrel, hit by growing fears over Iran's nuclear standoff with the international community.

"Our fuel costs remain a real burden," said BA's commercial director Martin George.

"The price of oil has risen above $70 a barrel and experts anticipate it staying at these levels for some time."

BA said the fuel surcharge for its short-haul flights would remain at 8 for a one-way ticket, and 16 for a return trip.

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