British Airways has increased its fares to cover the rising fuel price, raising prices by up to £30 for a return flight.

The fuel surcharge on a flight of more than nine hours will rise from £128 to £158 return from Friday. The surcharge on a long-haul flight under nine hours will rise by £20 return to £126, and that on flights within Europe will increase by £6 return to £26.

All the fuel surcharges are included in BA’s fares, as required by the Office of Fair Trading.

Qantas raised its fares yesterday and Ryanair hiked its baggage charges as airlines struggle to cope with record oil prices.