Fuel surcharges - airlines to do nothing, if they can

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Oil prices yesterday sank to USD110 per barrel, as the intensty of Hurricane Gustav weakened and concerns eased over the potential impact on oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico. The new environment is giving airlines some breathing space - but clearly not enough, as very few have moved to lower their fuel surcharges. In many cases, surcharges continue to rise, despite evidence that higher travel costs are hurting demand.

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