Gas prices at AAFES stations in Europe to rise
January 4, 2008
After dipping slightly last week, gas prices are set to rise again Saturday at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stations in Europe.
Customers in Germany will see an across-the-board pump-up of 7.6 cents for unleaded, and a diesel increase of 3.8 cents. A gallon of midgrade will cost $3.331.
Those in the Netherlands are in for worse news, as midgrade unleaded is rising 11.4 cents to $3.748 per gallon. Premium unleaded is rising 15.1 cents, and diesel is up 11.4 cents.
For Americans in Britain, midgrade unleaded is going up 3.7 cents, bringing a gallon up to $3.255. Premium and diesel rates are rising 7.6 and 3.8 cents like those in Germany.
Prices in Azores, Portugal and Turkey will remain unchanged.
For Staff Sgt. George Tatten, a motor and platoon sergeant for Bamberg, Germany’s 391st Service Support Battalion, the rising prices basically negate the 3 percent pay raise he and the rest of the military received on the first of the year, he said.
“Now I need that (3.0) percent to pay for fuel,” said Tatten, who has a 49-kilometer (about 30 miles) daily commute to work.
“It affects the cost of living ... you can’t go out to eat as much, maybe you can’t buy those two DVDs you wanted. You’ve gotta slim down on everything you do.”
According to an AAFES news release, the U.S. Department of Energy average for a gallon of midgrade purchased Dec. 31 stateside was $3.05. AAFES adjusts its gas prices based on the current weekly DOE average price plus incremental costs associated with selling gas overseas.