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Air fares have leapt 22 percent from April - the highest rate on record for this time of year - while the rate of price falls for petrol and diesel slowed.
The rise contributed to the 0.3 percent increase inflation announced by the Office of National Statistics today.
Prices rose across European, long-haul and domestic flights, the ONS said, adding that higher air fares were not necessarily linked to the early timing of the Easter holidays.
Overall transport prices rose by 0.4 percent between April and May, the ONS said.
The Office of National Statistics has announced that inflation has risen by 0.3 per cent. It explained the largest upward contributions to the change in the inflation rate came from transport - notably air transport and motor fuels - and clothing.
The price of clothing and footwear also rose 1.2 percent month on month to tighten the squeeze on households, as the cost of women's outdoor clothing increased during a colder-than-normal month.