Aer Lingus said Friday it will add a fuel surcharge to flights to and from the US and Middle East of €35 ($43.20)/$40 each way effective May 15. It said it is the first time it has imposed a fuel surcharge on any of its routes and that the move is "regrettable but necessary." The airline said it is 51% hedged in 2006 and that fares on transatlantic flights fell nearly 5% last year while fuel costs increased by €33.1 million.

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