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 farecompare.com. But he doubts airlines would put surcharges on domestic flights, considering the sharp drop in passenger demand.