No fuel surcharge for Air Asia

26 Jan 2015 by Clement Huang

Air Asia has abolished fuel surcharges on its flight fares.

This applies to all airlines under the Air Asia Group, including its long haul affiliates Air Asia X, Thai Air Asia X, and Indonesia Air Asia X.

The low-cost carrier (LCC) has attributed the decision to the global decline of oil prices.

It should be noted that this is not the first time the airline has abolished fuel surcharge for all of its operations. Air Asia was actually the first ever carrier to do so back in 2008, but rising fuel costs forced it to reintroduce the fee back into its fares in 2011.

Air Asia Group chief executive, Tony Fernandes commented: “This decision was made in November 2014, which was in line with declining global oil prices. However, we are only able to implement it now, but we believe removing fuel surcharge and reducing travel costs will be a huge boost to the tourism industry”.

Air Asia's decision appears to be part of a growing industry trend that has also seen carriers such as Cebu Pacific and Virgin Australia either partially or completely abolish fuel surcharge. 

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Clement Huang

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