After weeks of wavering, the nation’s airlines have decided their customers will bear more of the brunt of rising jet fuel costs.
Northwest Airlines Corp. and the other major airlines over the weekend raised the fuel surcharge on most routes from $20 to $40 per roundtrip ticket.
It was the third attempt this year to institute such a surcharge. This time, Continental led the way Thursday with an increase to $40, and everyone else followed, including Northwest, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, United Airlines and American Airlines. Northwest spokesman Dean Breest confirmed Monday that the airline raised its surcharge on Friday.