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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

MAS slashes fuel surcharge on international flights

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines has cut the fuel surcharge on international flights by as much as 73% due to falling oil prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during the economic slowdown.

Effective today, MAS said it would remove the fuel surcharge from its Singapore and Brunei flights, adding that there has also been a worldwide reduction of up to 54% in fuel surcharges to/from across Asean.

The national carrier also said that from Sunday, the fuel surcharge on flights from China would be reduced up to US$100 (RM359.90), flights from Australia and New Zealand reduced up to US$210 (RM755.85) while for flights from the Middle East, the reduction would be up to US$150 (RM540.88).

As for Africa and North America flights, MAS said there would be a reduction of up to US$160 (RM577.15) and US$185 (RM666.18) respectively.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said in a statement that the airline had always offered competitive fares which were benchmarked against its competitors on a route-by-route basis.

The latest revision in fuel surcharge was to ensure even more competitive pricing, he said.

“Our stand is that the total amount the customer pays must be competitive, whether it’s the fares alone or fares in combination with the fuel surcharge.

“What’s important is the total sum of the parts,” he added.

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