More relief for travellers is expected as airlines slash fuel charges. Short-haul and long-haul flights on Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Nepal Airlines and Singapore Airlines are set to reduce this fee from December 1 by as much as 40 to 45 percent.
With these new amendments, the surcharges will be reduced from HK$196 (US$25) to HK$108 (US$14) for short-haul flights in Asia, whilst long-haul flights will be reduced from HK$832 (US$107) to HK$499 (US$64).
It is hoped that this will help give the badly needed boost to the tourism industry and make air travel and overseas holidays more affordable.
Effective from December 1, the new rates will be valid for two months through January 31, 2009.