Airlines raise fuel charges on China runs

08:55, March 02, 2011      

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Cathay Pacific Airways and several other airlines yesterday began raising fuel surcharges on overseas routes to offset increasing costs caused by rising global oil prices.

Cathay Pacific and its affiliate, Dragonair, increased fuel surcharges to US$21.20 per passenger from US$18.30 on routes between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, according to China's leading travel service provider Ctrip.com.

The two carriers will also raise fuel fees on routes connecting Hong Kong to Australia, New Zealand and Africa from US$86.80 to US$95.80.

Global oil prices exceeded US$100 a barrel on investor worries that violence in Libya could disrupt crude supplies from there and affect other oil-rich nations in the region.

Korean Air raised fuel surcharges from US$18 to US$21 on routes linking Hong Kong with the mainland, Japan, South Korea, southeast Asia and southwest Asia. Surcharges from Hong Kong to America, Europe and Australia rose to US$96 per passenger from US$87.

Hong Kong Airlines Ltd, Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd, Qantas, All Nippon Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines and Taiwan-based China Airlines also raised fuel surcharges on routes linking Hong Kong yesterday.

Source: Shanghai Daily
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