Hong Kong approves new round of fuel surcharge increase

22 Feb 2011

Four Asian carriers – Cathay Pacific (CX), Singapore Airlines (SIA), All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) – will raise passenger fuel surcharges in March and April to keep pace with the growth of global fuel price.

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has approved a 10 to 15 percent increase in fuel surcharge for CX, SIA and ANA for tickets issued between March 1 and 31, 2011. The new round of fuel surcharge increase, will see the fee go up to  a maximum of HK$165 (US$21) and HK$747 (US$96) for short-haul and long-haul flights respectively.

Earlier this month, the aviation authority has already given its nod allowing the surcharges to reach HK$143 (US$18) for short-haul flights and HK$677 (HK$86) for long-haul flights (see story here).

Meanwhile, JAL announced it will increase fuel surcharges from April 1 onwards and continue to assess surcharge rates on a two-month basis instead of the three-month assessment it currently uses. The surcharges apply to tickets issued between April 1 to May 31 and also for codeshare flights carrying the “JL” code.

Surcharges per sector for short-haul regional flights will start from JPY1,500 (US$17) and from JPY17,500 (US$202) for long-haul flights. However, JAL’s fuel surcharges will vary depending on whether tickets are issued inside or outside Japan.

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Alisha Haridasani

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