JAL raises fuel surcharge more than 40%

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Japan Airlines aircraft are seen at Haneda Airport.

Japan Airlines will raise the fuel surcharge added to tickets issued in August and September, with some surcharges increasing by more than 40%, the company announced Friday. The surcharge increase into record levels reflects surging crude oil prices.

Passengers departing Japan for North America or Europe, excluding Hawaii, will be charged ¥47,000 for fuel, up ¥10,200.

The surcharge from Japan to Hawaii will be ¥30,500, exceeding ¥30,000 for the first time. Flights from Japan to South Korea will see an increase of more than 40%, to ¥5,900.

Since All Nippon Airways has already announced a large increase in its fuel surcharge for August and September, the increased cost burden on passengers may dampen the recovery in demand for international flights.