Fuel surcharges to be scrapped on flights departing Hong Kong

20 Jan 2016 by Clement Huang

Travellers departing on flights out of Hong Kong will no longer have to pay fuel surcharges – a result of the current depreciated prices of jet oil.

As reported by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has announced that fuel surcharges on outbound flights will be scrapped indefinitely from February 1.

“In view of the fact that aviation fuel prices in the past months have greatly reduced and stabilised to a reasonable level and that the corresponding fuel surcharges have been greatly reduced, the CAD considers that the levying of passenger fuel surcharges is not warranted,” said a spokesperson to the SCMP.

However, travellers with existing bookings for travel after the aforementioned date should not expect a refund on the charges already levied upon them.

The SCMP report also revealed that the current fuel surcharges of HK$24 for short-haul flights and HK$109 for long-haul services are already a 70 per cent drop from the fees applicable at the start of 2015.

The cheaper flights have led to an upsurge of air travel out of Hong Kong, with 11 per cent more local residents having flown in and out of the city over the past year.

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