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Oil prices climbing

Airline fuel surcharges back ?

Aug 30, 2009

Over the past year, the airline industry has enjoyed a steep drop in jet-fuel prices and many domestic and international airlines reduced or eliminated fuel surcharges. However, jet fuel prices have begun to creep back up, and Japan Airlines plans to reinstate a fuel surcharge on international flights. The charge, added to tickets issued between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, will range from $3 to $69 per ticket, depending on the flight.

Other airlines likely will reinstate fuel surcharges for international flights if oil prices keep climbing, said Rick Seaney, co-founder of But he doubts airlines would put surcharges on domestic flights, considering the sharp drop in passenger demand.

Airline fuel surcharges back ?

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