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AirAsia Malaysia to implement fuel surcharges amid rising fuel costs

Aviation Updates Philippines – Due to rising fuel costs, AirAsia Malaysia is reintroducing fuel surcharges for the first time since it was dropped in 2015. 

Image: AirAsia A320 (Credit: AirAsia/Capital A)

Citing the current conflict of Ukraine and the recent rise in jet fuel prices, the fuel surcharges will be added on bookings for domestic and international flights starting March 8. Based on the route, the surcharges could see ticket price increases of up to RM60 (~USD $14).

All prior bookings before March 8 will not be affected.

“Airlines the worldover are affected by the rising oil prices and the continuous upward spiral caused by the situation in Eastern Europe and other external factors have made it imperative for us to reintroduce the fuel surcharge, despite our best efforts to resist it for as long as we could,” said AirAsia CEO Riad Asmat in a statement.

Asmat further stated: “Since we last abolished fuel surcharges in 2015 when the global fuel price was as low as US$48 a barrel, we have faced numerous occasions when the fluctuations have caused other airlines to start imposing surcharges. However, at AirAsia, we have been absorbing past increases in oil prices to continue to provide the best value to our guests. Unfortunately, the current situation where the oil price has shot up more than 160% than what it was in 2015 has made it no longer sustainable.”

As AirAsia Malaysia implements the fuel surcharges, it has stated it hopes the measure will be temporary.

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