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Forwarders Hit Out at Carriers Revisiting Fuel Surcharges – ‘a ploy to raise rates’

(Ian Putzger – The Loadstar)

Forwarders are registering their dismay that some airlines are returning to fuel surcharges.

They say the move is widely perceived as an effort to push up rates.

Emirates, which had led the charge to all-in pricing two years ago, turned trailblazer again with its decision to bring back a surcharge to account for fluctuations in fuel costs.

The Middle Eastern carrier implemented its new pricing structure late last month, declaring that the all-in price set-up had not been dynamic or flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions in a volatile market, and that it needed to reflect the impact of fuel price fluctuation on its operation. Click here to read more.