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BA / Virgin Refunds

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will together pay about $203 million to settle a lawsuit brought by passengers who said the airlines illegally fixed the price of fuel surcharges on long-haul trips.

The agreement announced on Friday settles a two-year-old case pending in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California contending that customers overpaid for fuel surcharges, which were meant to help airlines cope with the rising cost of jet fuel.

Under the pact, U.S. ticket purchasers will receive $59 million, while British purchasers will get £73.5 million ($144.4 million) in refunds, according to lawyers representing the plaintiffs.

The agreement, which still requires court approval, covers 8 million passengers in the US and Britain who bought tickets from either BA or Virgin between Aug. 11, 2004, and March 23, 2006. The airlines will pay one-third of the fuel surcharge the passengers paid per ticket.

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