Sat, Jun 12, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Jet fuel surcharges OK'd

By Jessie Ho  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Civil Aeronautics Administra-tion (CAA) yesterday approved applications from several international airlines to impose fuel surcharges ranging from US$5 to US$15 per flight on tickets issued after next Wednesday.

Under the policy, local carriers China Airlines and EVA Airways will charge US$5 per flight for passenger travel within Asia, and US$13 per flight for travel outside Asia.

Cathay Pacific Airways will add US$5 to prices on its short-haul routes within Asia, excluding India, and US$14 to long-haul routes. Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Dragonair and Malaysia Airlines all received permission to make similar charges.

"The approval of the surcharge is in response to various carriers suffering from soaring fuel costs," Chen Chia-li (陳嘉莉), director of the CAA's Air Transport Division, said yesterday.

The surcharges imposed by Cathay Pacific and Dragonair are valid through Aug. 31 as their applications requested, Chen said. Domestic carriers are required to drop the charge when fuel prices fall below US$36 per barrel for two consecutive months in accordance with Chinese Petroleum Corp's (中油) list price, Chen said.

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