oil prices affects travel costs
you plan to drive to your summer vacation destination
you probably expected to feel the effect of
high oil prices, but now those flying will be
affected as well. In a statement released on
Monday, July 4, Air France announced an increase
in their fuel surcharge to help offset rising
costs of oil.
can expect to pay an additional 1 € for
domestic flights, 2 € for medium distance
and 4 € for long trips, according to Air
France. This fuel surcharge takes effect on
July 19 and is the third put into effect since
surcharge will remain in effect until oil prices
stay below $ 50 US (42 €) a barrel for
30 consecutive days. As of July 11, oil prices
are down $1.14 to $58.49 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange in European electronic
trading and down $1.17 to $57.03 per barrel
on London's International Petroleum Exchange.
An expected increase in prices was avoided when
tropical storm Dennis was down-graded from a
hurricane, avoiding damage to key refineries
in the Gulf of Mexico.
airlines including Lufthansa, Swiss International
Air Lines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic
have announced similar charges to offset oil
rationed as drought worsens
heat wave of late June only aggravated the damage
due to lower than average rainfall in the past
months, according to environment ministry's
drought bulletin, published on July 11. The
result is a seriously depleted water table which
is threatening this years crops as the
countrys worst drought in decades continues.
rationing has now spread to 50 of Frances
96 departments with the ministrys most
severe limitations placed along the Atlantic.
Rising concern for forest fires accompanies
the fear of farmers who might loose their crops.
Without the needed rain in July, crops could
drop by 30 percent in some areas.
security results from attacks
quickly in response to the deadly bombings in
London on July 7, Frances anti-terror
alert was raised to red, the second-highest
rating. Following a meeting with Defense minister
Michele Alliot-Marie, Interior Minister Nicolas
Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy,
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin decided
to increase security at border controls around
attention is being paid to the Channel port
of Calais and the English port of Dover with
a newly assigned 200 members of Frances
security force. An additional 1100 soldiers
will be deployed throughout France as a result
of heightened security. Surveillance also increased
for air, rail, and high-speed train travel as
well as public transportation.