Chinese carriers reintroduce fuel surcharge after 3-year hiatus

Updated: 06 Jun 2018
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Chinese carriers are reintroducing fuel surcharges to domestic routes starting Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. This will be the first time Chinese carriers have charged fuel surcharges in three years. The change comes due to rising oil prices.

Air China said in a statement on its website on Monday that it would begin charging RMB 10 per leg of each passenger's trip, up from zero previously. China Eastern said the same, but added that children and disabled military personnel would be exempt.

Spring Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and Kunming Airlines also announced similar surcharges.

The surcharge will apply regardless of route length, the airlines said. Previously, they applied different surcharges for different route lengths.

Chinese airlines scrapped fuel surcharges for domestic flights in 2015, after oil prices sank to six-year lows and pushed fuel purchase costs to below government-set levels.

Other Chinese carriers are also expected to reintroduce fuel surcharges, according to reports.
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