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Originally published March 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified March 19, 2008 at 4:32 PM

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U.S. airlines boost fuel surcharges for Europe flights

American and Northwest airlines raise fuel charges for Europe trips by another $20

CHICAGO — American Airlines and Northwest Airlines have raised their fuel surcharges for flights to Europe by an additional $20 per round trip, an air fare expert says.

The surcharges take effect today. The total fuel and extra surcharges on U.S. flights to London on those carriers now total $242, says Tom Parsons, who operates the travel Web site Bestfares.com. That's on top of fares that are surging as U.S. airlines try to recoup some of the extra expense of soaring fuel prices.

Parsons says Americans traveling to Europe this summer will face a triple whammy of higher fuel surcharges, higher air fares and the high cost of the euro.

He says total costs of U.S.-to-Europe flights this summer could be two to three times what they are now.

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