Sri Lankan Airlines cut fuel surcharges; gets new aircraft

Dec 03, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines will remove fuel surcharges to South Asia, Middle East and East Asia, and reduce surcharges on long haul flights from January 01, the national carrier said.

SriLankan introduced a fuel surcharge in July 2008 throughout its network. Crude prices have collapsed since then. The airline says it has also increased the efficiency of its fleet, and begun to replace older aircraft with newer fuel efficient ones. The first of several new Airbus A320s had arrived on November 30.

“The Airline has completely removed its Fuel Surcharge on all tickets to short-haul and medium-haul destinations,” SriLankan Airlines said in a statement Wednesday.

“The Fuel Surcharge on fares between Colombo and just five long-haul destinations London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Tokyo – has also been greatly reduced.”

Fuel surcharges have been removed from cities in India and the Middle East, as well as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Beijing, Male, and Karachi.

A flat rate surcharge of 25 Euros will be charged on one-way fares purchased in Europe, and 50 Euro for return tickets.

Tickets purchased in the UK will have a surcharge of 25 sterling p