JAL to Increase International Fare Fuel Surcharge

Travel News Asia Thursday, 16 August 2007

On Wednesday, the JAL Group requested approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), to revise the fuel surcharge placed on nearly all international passenger tickets issued on or after 1 October, 2007.

JAL decided to increase the fuel surcharge for tickets issued between 1 October and 31 December, 2007, as the price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel has averaged US$84.37 per barrel over the 3 month period May July 2007.

Based on ticket sales in Japan, the new surcharges per person per sector flown range from 2,000 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket (up from 1,700 yen) to 17,000 yen on a Japan- Brazil ticket (up from 15,500). The surcharge on a Japan-Europe ticket or a Japan- North America ticket will be 13,000 yen, up from 12,000 yen.

The new fuel surcharges will be fixed at these levels throughout the three month period beginning 1 October 2007.

JAL originally introduced the fuel surcharge on international tickets in February 2005 in response to unprecedented rises in the cost of fuel. The surcharge will be progressively reduced as the price of fuel decreases, and will be cancelled completely when and if the price of Singapore kerosene stays below the benchmark of US$45.

The fuel surcharge charged for tickets issued from January to March 2008 will be reviewed based on the average price of fuel for August through to October 2007.

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