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Fuel costs force cost cutting at Swiss

Swiss International Air Lines has said it will consider reducing its fleet if aviation fuel prices continue to rise.

The airline said on Sunday that it had written to all suppliers and partners stating that it needed to cut costs by 15 per cent.

Although there are no plans in the immediate future to cut back on the fleet, the firm said it would consider doing so if fuel prices kept climbing.

This year rising fuel costs resulted in additional costs of around SFr300 million ($272.38 million) for Swiss. The figure is expected to go up to SFr500 million next year.

The airline, which is owned by Lufthansa, says that as not all of the extra costs can be transferred to customers, it is asking suppliers to come up with proposals for savings. It has had a mixed response so far.

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