China Domestic Flights Oust Fuel Surcharge
From 5th February 2015, all domestic flights in China will no longer charge fuel surcharge. This news comes after 5 months of decreasing the fuel surcharges. Customers will now only be charged 50 Yuan for the Civial Aviation Development Fund and the cost of the flight ticket. In comparison with flight charges in 2014, flights routes that exceeded 800 kilometers were charged 120 Yuan including fuel surcharge.
Over the course of 6 years this is the second time that fuel surcharges have been stopped. It has been reported that Xiamen Airlines and Lucky Air have already issued notices stating the cancellation of fuel surcharge. It is expected that over the next two days other airlines will also issue notices. Prior to the cancellation of the surcharge, on the 5th January 2015, fuel surcharges were as follows, flight routes within 800 kilometers charged fuel surcharges at 10 Yuan and routes over 800 kilometers charged 30 Yuan.
China’s cut on the fuel surcharge comes after the announcement of AirAsia’s fuel surcharge cancellation on 28th January 2015. It has been reported the abolition of fuel surcharges is due to the international drop in oil prices. All airlines under the AirAsia brand (Malyasia AirAsia, Thailand AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia Zest Airways and India AirAsia) have all cut fuel surcharge. Apart from AirAsia, Philippines Airline and Cebu Airline have also announced the cancelling of fuel surcharge. With no fuel surcharge on China domestic flights this will further boost tourism and China travels.