JAL to reinstate international fare fuel surcharge


The JAL Group has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to reinstate the placement of fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets issued from October 1, 2009.

The fuel surcharge for international tickets issued between July 1, 2009 and September 30, 2009 was removed when the average price of Singapore kerosene from February to April, 2009 fell below the US$60.00 per barrel benchmark at US$55.08 per barrel. Based on the average US$71.41 per barrel of Singapore kerosene in the 3-month period of May to July, 2009, JAL decided to resume charging fuel surcharge for international tickets issued within the 3 months starting October 1 to December 31, 2009.

With reference to the fuel surcharge benchmark list for FY2009, the average price of US$71.41 per barrel of Singapore kerosene corresponds to level B fuel surcharges which range from 300 yen on a Japan – Korea ticket to 10,000 yen on a Japan- Brazil ticket per person per sector flown on tickets purchased in Japan.

The fuel surcharge to be placed on tickets issued from January to March 2010 will be reviewed based on the average price of fuel for August through to October, 2009.

The company is continuously conducting a wide range of countermeasures to limit the full impact of the price increase including fuel hedging, fuel consumption reductions, and the introduction of more fuel-efficient small- and medium-sized aircraft to its fleet.

Despite these measures, the company is reluctantly obliged to ask its international passengers to bear part of the burden caused by the increase in the price of fuel.