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Air New Zealand is to increase fares for all flights from March 18 because of rising fuel costs, according to the NZ Herald.

Domestic and long-haul fares will go up about 7% and tickets to Australia and the Pacific will cost about 8% more to “recover jet fuel cost”.

The increase will see one-way “flexiplus” fares from Auckland to Christchurch go up from $256 to $274, and “works deluxe” fares from Auckland to Sydney from $380 to $410.

A return economy flight to London will rise from $1950 to $2106.

“Over the past month, jet fuel has increased from US$114 [$155] per barrel to US$130 per barrel, adding almost US$10 million per month to the airline’s operating cost,” a statement from Air NZ said.

A spokeswoman said there would be no rise in the $50 standby special fares to and from Christchurch, which will apply until the end of the month.

The rise follows an earlier announcement by Qantas that its international fuel surcharge will increase again next week as political instability in the Middle East affects oil prices.

The one-way fuel surcharge for transtasman and Pacific-region flights will rise by A$30 ($41) to A$105, while people travelling to the Americas and India will see increases of A$30, and those heading to Europe will be charged A$45 more from March 17.

Singapore Airlines, which operates daily flights to Auckland and Christchurch, is also imposing a fuel surcharge of between US$216 and US$256 for travel to and from New Zealand. — Source NZ Herald

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