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Dragonair raises price on flights to Hong Kong
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-05-27 15:10
Passengers on Dragonair flights from Shanghai to Hong Kong will pay more from next month as the carrier raises jet fuel surcharges in response to rising oil prices.

The Hong Kong-based carrier announced yesterday jet fuel surcharges will be lifted to HK$109 (US$14.1), or 113 yuan per passenger per flight starting June 1 from the current HK$93, or 94 yuan, on flights between Hong Kong and Chinese mainland cities.

The prices are effective until the end of July, the carrier said.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific Airways, the biggest carrier in Hong Kong, also said surcharges will be adjusted under the same standard on flights between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

Chinese mainland carriers are proposing a further increase in fuel surcharges now that the State Development and Reform Commission has announced a major hike in fuel prices.

Jet fuel prices were raised by 500 yuan per ton from 5,040 yuan per ton.

The nation's three major carriers, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Air China, have proposed to industry regulators that each passenger should pay 50 yuan, an increase from 30 yuan, for domestic flights shorter than 800 kilometers.

For flights longer than 800 kilometers, they proposed the surcharge to be lifted to 100 yuan from 60 yuan.

The proposal has yet to be approved, but industry analysts said the surcharge was set to go up with rising fuel prices, which have led most Chinese carriers to huge losses in the past year.

The latest surcharge hike was in April when the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China announced a fuel surcharge hike of 50 percent, effective April 10 to October 10.
Source:Shanghai Daily 
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