VIRGIN BLUE has followed on the heels of Qantas and Air New Zealand in raising fuel surcharges by as much as $100 for a return international trip and fares by up to $10 for a one-way domestic flight.
The airline blamed higher jet fuel prices for the second increase in surcharges in less than a month.
Qantas last week raised fuel surcharges on its international flights for the second time in a little more than a month, while Air New Zealand increased trans-Tasman fares by an average of 8 per cent.
Passengers will now pay a surcharge of $165 for a one-way ticket on V Australia flights between Australia and Los Angeles, while those flying to Europe via Abu Dhabi will pay a surcharge of $240 each way, up from $220. V Australia's surcharges on the two main routes are as much as $50 higher for a one-way trip than Qantas's.
International short-haul fares for flights on Virgin Blue subsidiaries Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue will increase by up to $20 for a one-way ticket. Domestic fares will rise by between $6 and $10 each way.
Shares in Virgin Blue rose 0.5¢ to 34.5¢ yesterday.