ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, Wednesday announced that it would be reintroducing a fuel surcharge on tickets bought by passengers effective Monday.
Corporate Communications Manager Desmond Brown said that over the past several months jet fuel prices have increased by 26 per cent from US$97 per barrel in late 2010 to US$131 per barrel.
Brown said that the fuel surcharge is based on mileage and that passengers will be charged US$12.50 for a one way trip of up to 150 miles; US$17.50 for a one way trip of between 151 to 300 miles; and US$20 for a one way trip above 300 miles.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly. People and businesses throughout the Caribbean and indeed the world have felt the impact of rising fuel prices and LIAT is no exception,” Brown said.
“The fuel cost forms a significant part of LIAT’s operational costs. We held off as long as economically possible but the Company can no longer continue to absorb these increased costs,” he added, noting that in recent times, all airlines worldwide have either implemented fuel surcharges or have increased their base fares.
“It should be noted that LIAT’s base fares have not increased since 2007,” Brown said, adding that “between 2007 and present, LIAT had faced increases in many critical operating costs including aircraft engines, personnel costs, spare parts, ground handling contracts, airport fees and charges”.
The LIAT official said that the company remains cognizant of the needs of its customers and has developed programmes such as “Just Go Fares” where passengers may obtain specials which are available online at www.liat.com.
In addition, Brown said that LIAT routinely has special promotions which are advertised throughout its network. He urged passengers to utilise the Company’s web site (www.liat.com), noting that the site always provided information on the lowest fares available.
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