December 10, 2014 4:28 am JST
Falling oil prices

JAL to cut fuel surcharges

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines announced Tuesday that it will reduce the fuel surcharges applied to international airfares starting in February.

     Surcharges will be cut by varying degrees depending on the route, starting with tickets to be issued in the February-March period. Flights from Japan to South Korea and Far East Russia will see 50% cuts, the largest reduction.

     Rival All Nippon Airways also plans to cut charges starting around the same time. The impact of falling oil prices is spreading to the airlines industry.

     JAL sets its surcharge every two months based on fuel prices. The upcoming reduction will be the first in four months, as the last cut was in October. From March, one-way surcharges will be reduced to 14,000 yen ($114.78), a cut of 7,000 yen, on flights to Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, and North America excluding Hawaii.

     Also Tuesday, JAL announced reduced fares for domestic flights for March. The airline faces new competition from the Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed rail line slated to open March 14, and it is lowering ticket prices on flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Komatsu from 16,400 yen to as low as 14,100 yen after that date. A regular reserved ticket on the high-speed rail line will run roughly the same amount.

(Nikkei)

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