China’s carriers cease fuel surcharge
China’s carriers have ceased collection of fuel surcharges for domestic routes since February 5.
China’s carriers have ceased collection of fuel surcharges for domestic routes since February 5, after five successive months of reductions on fuel charges. Now passengers are only charged the ticket price and a RMB50 surcharge for the civil aviation fund.
A Ctrip ticket specialist said fuel surcharges were waived as fuel prices have dropped to RMB3,782 per ton in February, below the RMB4,150 per ton price point that warrant fuel surcharges.
Fuel surcharges for domestic air routes were suspended for ten months between January 15 and November 13 2009 due to lower fuel prices. In contrast, the fuel surcharge was raised to RMB60 for flights under 800km and RMB120 for flights over that distance during last year’s Spring Festival peak season when fuel costs were high.(Translation by David)