SIA and SilkAir to raise fuel surcharges

10 Mar 2011

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its subsidiary carrier SilkAir have announced increased fuel surcharges for tickets booked from March 17 in the wake of a sharp global spike in oil prices due to the ongoing Middle East turmoil.

With jet fuel prices currently hovering above US$100 per barrel, surcharges for SIA and SilkAir tickets exiting Singapore are set to increase by a range of US$2 and US$26 per sector depending on distance and class of travel.

For flights between Singapore and other Southeast Asian destinations, the surcharge will go from US$28 to US$30 per sector for economy class travel. Surcharges for flights to other Asian destinations, such as China, Korea, Taiwan, India and the Middle East will start from US$96 per sector for Economy class travel. Routes that go via Asian gateways may consist of different surcharges for each sector. For example, passengers on the Singapore-Abu Dhabi-Kuwait route stopping over in Abu Dhabi will be charged US$96 for the Singapore-Abu Dhabi leg and US$30 for the Abu Dhabi-Kuwait leg.

For long-haul flights between Singapore and destinations in Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, surcharges start from US$142 per sector for economy class travel.

Early last month, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) approved a 10 to 15 percent increase in fuel surcharge for tickets issued between March 1 and 31, 2011 (see story here). Passengers flying on SIA or SilkAir to and from Hong Kong will need to pay the surcharge levied by the HKCAD instead.

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Alisha Haridasani

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