AirAsia abolishes fuel surcharge on all its airlines, citing falling oil prices

A woman standing in front of an AirAsia check-in machine at Soekarno Hatta airport in Jakarta, on Jan 21, 2015. AirAsia, in a posting on Facebook, has said that it will be abolishing is fuel surcharge from Monday. The move will be implement
A woman standing in front of an AirAsia check-in machine at Soekarno Hatta airport in Jakarta, on Jan 21, 2015. AirAsia, in a posting on Facebook, has said that it will be abolishing is fuel surcharge from Monday. The move will be implemented across all of the group's carriers, including Indonesia AirAsia X. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MALAYSIA-BASED airline AirAsia, in a posting on Facebook, has said that it will be abolishing is fuel surcharge from Monday.

The move will be implemented across all of the group's carriers, including Indonesia AirAsia X.

Falling global oil prices was cited by its chief executive Tony Fernandes as the reason for the cut.

"We are a high-value, low-fare airline and we will continue to strive to make flying as affordable as possible," he said. "Removing fuel surcharge and reducing travel costs will be a huge boost to the tourism industry. This will be a plus point for consumers, but the economy will also benefit from this as the tourism industry is a great job creator."

Here is the full statement posted on the airline's Facebook page:

"AirAsia will be abolishing fuel surcharge effective 26 January 2015 across all of its airlines in the group, as well as its low-cost long haul affiliates AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia X, in line with declining global oil prices.

AirAsia was the first airline to abolish fuel surcharge for all its domestic and international flights back in 2008, however rocketing fuel prices forced the airline to re-introduce fuel surcharge into its fares in 2011.

AirAsia's Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes commented, "We are a high-value, low-fare airline and we will continue to strive to make flying as affordable as possible.

This decision has been made in November 2014, which was in line with declining global oil prices.

However, we are only able to implement it now, but we believe removing fuel surcharge and reducing travel costs will be a huge boost to the tourism industry. This will be a plus point for consumers, but the economy will also benefit from this as the tourism industry is a great job creator."

The abolishment of fuel surcharge will further reduce travel costs and stimulate more demand for travel and tourism. With the removal of fuel surcharge from its fares, guests will be able to find domestic flights from as low as RM19 one way all-in, and international flights from RM49 one way all-in."