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23 February 2024

Qatar Airways to cut fuel surcharge

Akbar Al Baker (SUPPLIED)

By Shweta Jain

Qatar Airways (QA) has said it will reduce its fuel surcharge on short- and long-haul flights in its international network.

While the Doha-based carrier did not divulge the percentage of reduction, industry sources said it could reduce fuel surcharges by up to 20 per cent, providing passengers with further savings on departures.

"Passengers purchasing tickets to and from destinations served by the Doha-based airline will be able to take advantage of the new lower supplements," Qatar Airways said yesterday in a statement.

The move, which follows an earlier reduction implemented by the airline in December 2008 on tickets for one-way and return flights from its hub in Doha, reflects the return to stability in oil prices over the past few months following an unprecedented surge during 2008, the airline said.

"Qatar Airways' fuel surcharges have been significantly lower than those of other airlines.

"We have absorbed a large percentage of the increase in fuel prices in the past, passing very little onto the consumer," said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Office of Qatar Airways.