Thai Airways, fuel surcharges : increase from 60 to 140 %

Thai Airways International (THAI) has bowed to the inevitable again and is passing on higher costs to travellers in a new round of fuel-surcharge increases.

The increases, effective on June 25, are much more hefty than the previous adjustment on April 28 [read here]_ as much as 140% on certain international routes _ as jet fuel prices have since skyrocketed.

Fuel is the largest expense of THAI, accounting for 34% of its total operating cost, compared to 15-18% for wages.

The increases in fuel surcharges on THAI’s international routes are much more dramatic than those on the domestic routes, mostly in the range of 60-70% with a peak of 140%. Fuel surcharges on all but one domestic route are to rise by 100 baht to 850 baht per leg. (Bangkok Post)

The previous hike was in april (after another one in… january).

No rest in front of the inflation tsunami.

Every hike fuels further inflation… It’s a vicious cycle.

And like always… “THAI executives said the new round of fuel-surcharge increases, however, did not cover the actual incremental fuel costs as the airline was mindful of the impacts on passengers.” 😉

Last april, it was : “the hike would cover only half of the actual increase in fuel prices as the national carrier did not want to pass on the entire cost burden at once to passengers.

Same old thai bullshit.

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