Friday, August 18, 2006

JAL to increase fuel surcharges on overseas routes

Japan Airlines Corp., struggling to deal with soaring jet fuel prices, said Thursday it will raise fuel surcharges on international flights by 700 yen to 5,600 yen, depending on the route, starting Oct. 1.
JAL also said it will suspend flights between Nagoya and Manila and cut the number of flights between Tokyo and Chicago starting Oct. 29. The carrier will instead add flights on its profitable routes to Southeast Asia and China.
JAL has been increasing surcharges on international flights since introducing them in January 2005. After the hike, they will run from 2,000 yen to 17,100 yen per ticket. They now range between 1,300 yen and 11,500 yen.
The country's largest air carrier said the increase in fuel surcharges will generate 13 billion yen in revenue for the six months to March.
18/08/06 Kaho Shimizu/The Japan Times, Japan
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