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Fuel surcharges approved for local, international airlines

Taiwan's aviation authorities have approved seven local and foreign airlines to impose fuel surcharges on passengers for three months, local Chinese-language newspaper reports.

The additional surcharges, which are meant to allow the airlines to offset recent hikes of global oil prices, will start next Tuesday at the earliest.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration plans to review three months later whether the surcharges should continue. Two more Taiwan airlines — UNI Airways and TransAsia Airways — have applied to the administration to impose oil charges on top of regular ticket fares, but have not been approved.

Singapore, Hong Kong, and China have all allowed airlines to levy oil surcharges from June 7 to August 31.

According to the reports, Thai Airways will be the first to charge passengers additional oil fees among the seven.

Beginning June 15, Thai Airway's passengers will need to pay an extra US$7 per flight slot for short-haul services, and US$15 for international routes — the steepest hikes among the seven airlines.

The remaining six will start charging oil surcharges a day later.

Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Airways will both raise fares by US$5 per flight slot for regional routes and US$13 per slot for long-haul flights to cover increasing fuel costs.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways's oil surcharges are US$5 per slot and US$14 per slot for regional and international flights, respectively.

Singapore Airlines' surcharges are US$5 for both regional and international services.

Malaysia Airlines' additional charges are US$3.90 for regional flights and US$13.10 for international ones.

Aviation officials said the oil surcharges are for every single route, meaning passengers will have to pay twice for round trip flights.

According to the China Times Express, passengers traveling to Hong Kong will have to pay extra NT$335 in oil surcharges as a result.

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