ANA on Tuesday applied to the Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to reinstate its fuel surcharge on international flights from Oct 1.
Speculation is rife that Japan Airlines Corp. will follow suit, spurring concerns whether the move will further chill travel demand battered by the global economic downturn and the new influenza scare.
For tickets issued between Oct 1 and Nov 30, ANA will charge a one-way surcharge of 7,000 yen on flights between Japan and Europe or North America, 4,000 yen on routes between Japan and Hawaii or India, 3,000 yen on services between Japan and Thailand or Singapore, 1,500 yen on flights between Japan and China or Taiwan.
Japan's second-largest airline said it decided to reinstall the surcharges after fuel prices during the June to July period averaged $74.50 per barrel, exceeding the $60 per barrel level set by airlines for the removal of the surcharges.
The airline said it will now base its system of collecting surcharges on fuel prices in the previous two months, instead of three months, in order to allow a more flexible response to market changes.
Japan's two major airlines scrapped the surcharges on international flights from July to September on declines in fuel prices. ANA will announce the next revision of the surcharge prices in October, which will be applied to tickets issued on or after Dec 1.© Japan Today