Virgin lifts fares over Carbon Tax

Virgin Australia will commence operation from Brisbane to Gladstone this October.
Virgin Australia will commence operation from Brisbane to Gladstone this October.

VIRGIN Australia will charge passengers as much as $6 extra for domestic flights to cover the cost of the federal government's carbon tax.

From July, when the tax comes into force, Virgin passengers will pay $1.50 extra for a flight of up to 900 kilometres, $3 for up to 2000 kilometres and $6 for longer domestic flights.

Australia's second largest airline said the surcharges were consistent with its initial modelling last year when it estimated the average increase per flight sector would be $3.
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Qantas released the details of its surcharges this month, revealing that it would charge passengers between $1.82 and $6.86 extra on a one-way ticket to cover the cost of the carbon tax.

Virgin also said today that it would put on a $3 surcharge to cover the EU's emissions trading scheme for flights on which it codeshares into and out of Europe. That surcharge will apply from March 1.


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