Continental adds fuel surcharge

Continental adds fuel surcharge

Higher fuel costs have led Continental Airlines to increase its surcharge on cargo shipments.

Continental tacked on an additional charge of 15 cents a kilogram, about 7 cents a pound effective Jan. 1 for international shipments from the United States and 6 cents per kilogram, approximately 3 cents a pound, for domestic shipments.

The Houston-based carrier in a notice on its Web site said the increase came "[a]s a result of the continued dramatic rise in the cost of jet fuel."

Crude oil prices this week hit their highest since early in 2003.