Air fares up as Asian travel rebounds from recession

SINGAPORE, September 8, 2010 (AFP) – Asia-Pacific airlines are raising ticket prices as travellers return in their droves after holding back on their travel plans last year because of the global recession.

A strong economic rebound, led by China, has resulted in carriers filling more seats during the summer holidays and demand should remain robust despite slower expansion in the second half of this year, industry analysts said.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will raise fares on certain routes from October 1, while Korean Air bumped up ticket prices for international passengers by up to 10 percent in August, its second increase since June.

“Air fares are generally a function of market demand and supply and they are adjusted depending on market conditions,” an SIA spokesman told AFP.

“Actual changes in fares also vary from route to route, and a range of fares is offered in different booking classes.”

While the carrier did not give details of the increases, the local Straits Times newspaper said SIA raised fares by as much as 148 US dollars for an economy seat and 742 dollars for a premium ticket.

More than one million travellers visited Singapore in July, crossing the seven-figure