August 13, 2008
Dutch Plane Ticket Price Soars
Dutch plane ticket price soars
BRUSSELS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Plane ticket prices have surged by 25 percent in the past year mainly due to hiking fuel surcharges, Dutch paper De Telegraaf said Tuesday.
The airlines say they have to pass higher fuel costs on to their customers.
"We aren't happy about it either," a KLM spokesman was quoted as saying, "We would rather see full planes. But if we want to continue to operate, we have no choice."
The ticket price is continuing to soar this year. A new flight tax introduced on July 1 has added to the fares hike. The much- criticized tax adds 11.25 euros (16.8 dollars) to a ticket for short flights and 45 euros (67.2 dollars) for long-haul flights.
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