Plane ticket price rises 25% in one year

The cost of plane tickets have gone up by 25.4% over the past year, according to new calculations from the national statistics office CBS. The bulk of the increase is due to fuel surcharges, the CBS says.

According to Tuesday’s Telegraaf, fuel surcharges on a KLM European flight now amount to €41, soaring to €147 for a flight longer than nine hours.
‘We aren’t happy about it either,’ a KLM spokesman tells the paper. ‘We would rather see full planes. But if we want to continue to operate, we have no choice.’
The last time fuel surcharges were reduced was in August 2007, when €5 was cut from the price of an intercontinental flight, the paper says.
The new much-criticised flight tax of €11.25 on short flights and €45 on long-haul flights has also added to the increase in fares. An increase in this security fee is planned for November.

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