Going up: Fuel surcharge

Singapore November 30th, 2007

Barely after 1 month, the fuel surcharges for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are going up again. This increase is between US$4 and US$38 for return flights issued on or after last Tuesday. This hit is greatly felt on the US/Canada – Singapore routes, which now costs US$246.

However, people are expected to continue flying despite this raise because it is undeniably the most convenient means of flying between continents. In addition, these are routes that are not covered by the budget airlines yet, so people will have no choice but to suck thumb and bear with the rising costs.

WITH fuel prices on the increase, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its subsidiary, SilkAir, are increasing their fuel surcharges again.

They last went up on Oct 24.

The recent increase of between US$4 (S$5.80) and US$38 for return flights will take effect for tickets issued on or after Tuesday, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

Hardest hit will be travellers flying long-haul between Singapore and the United States or Canada. Instead of US$208, the fuel surcharge will go up to US$246 for a round trip.

Passengers on flights to regional points such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila will pay US$52, up from US$48.

All other travellers, including those bound for India, China and Europe, will have to add US$150 to their total fare, instead of US$134.

SIA said in its statement that with the price of jet fuel hovering at around US$115 a barrel, the adjustment will ‘offer only partial relief of higher operating costs’.

Industry observers say, however, that the increase in surcharges is not expected to discourage people from flying.

SIA, for example, has seen such good demand for its Singapore-Milan-Barcelona flights that it has decided to increase the frequency from the current four times a week to daily from Jan 14, the airline said in a separate statement.

The Singapore carrier started plying the route in July last year, using its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which comes with wider seats and better on-board facilities.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 30th November 2007

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