BA to increase fuel surcharge to £158

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British Airways says it will raise its fuel surcharge on all flights.

Prices for long-haul flights - those to destinations outside of Europe - booked after Friday will increase by £20 to £30 per return trip.

With the increase, the total for the surcharges on BA flights lasting more than nine hours will be £158 for the return trip.

The price of short-haul flights will increase by £6 per return trip. That puts BA's surcharge for short-haul flights at £26 per return.

BA says the increases reflect the high price of oil, which has flirted with US$120 a barrel in recent days.