July 2nd 2008
Oil price raises Sunferries fares
With crude oil prices soaring to $140.00 US per barrel it is hardly surprising that fares on Sunferries vessels to Magnetic Island would rise. And now they will.
In a media release today, Sunferries said that soaring fuel prices have resulted in the company adjusting ticket prices to Magnetic Island by approximately 9% to accommodate the increasing expense which Sunferries has been absorbing. The new prices will be effective from 15 July 2008 and will see adult return fares increase to $29.00 and children at $14.50 and the popular adult flexis increase from $84.20 to $93.00.
According to Sunferries, the application for increased ticket prices has been approved by Queensland Transport, with Sunferries adhering to all procedures including notifying passengers 10 business days prior to increasing fares. The increase percentage is consistent with other transport providers in Queensland.
Sunferries' General Manager Darin McDonald acknowledged that the increase in fares will particularly affect Magnetic Island residents but said it is necessary if the locally owned and operated business is to continue to operate at the level of service it provides with 19 return services per day.
"We have weathered the storm of rising fuel prices at our own expense for many months now, however, due to ongoing trends and economists' predictions in the fuel industry, we had no choice but to apply for the fare increase." Mr McDonald said.
"Despite the increases, we are still able to offer one of the most affordable multi pass ticket options along the Eastern Seaboard for regular travelers with our Flexi Passes, so we encourage our customers to use these options."
Following are some of the increases:
Adult flexis up from $84.20 to $93.00
Children's and Pensioner flexis up from $42.10 to $51.00
6 monthly tickets from $1,395.00 to $1,650.00
Worker's Weekly up from $76.00 to $85.00
Adult Monthlies up from $2.00 to $290.00
Family return fares up from $58.00 to $66.00
For a full list of the new fare structure (click here)
The new fare rates for all ticket types are also available from the Sunferries Breakwater Terminal and the company is encouraging regular customers to discuss the most cost effective way for purchasing their tickets with sales staff.
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