18. 4. 2005 - Czech Airlines, one of the last airlines to increase fuel surcharge

Prague, 18 April 2005

Considering the continuous growth in oil and jet fuel prices over the first three months of this year, Czech Airlines, as well as its alliance partners and other airlines, will slightly increase its fuel surcharge, effective from 20 April 2005.  CSA thus joins other alliance and rival carriers, such as Air France and KLM, or Lufthansa and British Airways who have already announced an increase to their fuel surcharge. 

The CSA surcharge on European flights will be increased by 2 EUR and passengers will pay a total of 7 EUR per flight.  On long-haul flights (over 7 hours), which are especially affected by the growth in oil prices, the surcharge will be increased by 8 EUR – the total surcharge will be 18 EUR per flight (except for sales in the USA and Canada, where the surcharge will be increased by 10 EUR).  The surcharge does not apply to domestic flights.

The fuel surcharge compensates Czech Airlines only a very small amount of the actual jet fuel costs, and CSA strives to keeps it below even the lowest amounts collected by leading airlines on the market.

This is a temporary increase to the fuel surcharge and will be cancelled when the oil price listed on the Rotterdam stock market falls below 45 USD per barrel and remains at that level for 30 consecutive days at a minimum.

Jitka Novotná
CSA Spokesperson