It didn’t take long. Following Virgin Blue’s Christmas Eve announcement of its removal of domestic fuel surcharges from tomorrow, New Year’s eve, Qantas and Jetstar this afternoon scrapped theirs for all domestic tickets issued for flights from New Year’s day.

However Qantas is making no further reductions of its international fuel levies which it recently trimmed by $30 down to $160 for flights to London or Frankfurt, or by $20 down to $130 for those to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Unless fuel surges or the Australian dollar slumps further, and the oil benchmark did climb above $US 40 today, it could be that the trans Pacific surcharge might also vanish by the end of February, when Virgin Blue subsidiary V Australia launches its Los Angeles service.

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