KUALA LUMPUR: Low-cost carrier AirAsia
has abolished the fuel surcharge with effect from Monday as crude oil price fell more than 50% since July 2014.
AirAsia said the abolishment of the surcharge was for all its airlines in the group, as well as its low-cost long haul affiliates AirAsia X
, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia X, in line with declining global oil prices.
AirAsia’s group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said This decision was made in November 2014, which was in line with declining global oil prices.
“However, we are only able to implement it now, but we believe removing fuel surcharge and reducing travel costs will be a huge boost to the tourism industry. This will be a plus point for consumers, but the economy will also benefit from this as the tourism industry is a great job creator.”
AirAsia, he said, is a high-value, low-fare airline and it will continue to strive to make flying as affordable as possible.
Fernandes said the abolishment of fuel surcharge would further reduce travel costs and stimulate more demand for travel and tourism.
“With the removal of fuel surcharge from its fares, guests will be able to find domestic flights from as low as RM19 one way all-in, and international flights from RM49 one way all-in,” he said.
AirAsia was the first airline to abolish fuel surcharge for all its domestic and international flights back in 2008, however rocketing fuel prices forced the airline to re-introduce fuel surcharge into its fares in 2011.