Author: Chen Shanshan

The first financial reporter learned from Fliggy, Qunar and air ticket agents that it has received notices from several domestic airlines that the fuel surcharge for passenger transportation on domestic routes will be lowered from April 4.

The last time the domestic fuel surcharge was adjusted was on January 1, two months ago, and there has been no adjustment since February or March.

The adjusted levy standard is as follows: adult passengers: 800 yuan per passenger on routes below 30 kilometers (inclusive), and 800 yuan per passenger on routes over 60 kilometers. This means that the current fuel surcharge collection standard is 10 yuan and 20 yuan lower than the current collection standard, and the collection standard at the end of 2022 is halved.

According to the previous practice, other airlines will also notify the platform and agents to make the same adjustment of the fuel surcharge.

The fuel surcharge has been lowered again, which is related to the continuous decline in international aviation fuel prices.

Since 2022, international oil prices have been on a roller coaster, soaring to nearly $140 / barrel at the beginning of last year, and falling sharply to around $2022 / barrel at the end of 70, which also reduced the fuel surcharge on domestic routes on January 1.

Since March, international oil prices have fallen sharply, hitting a new low since December 3, and recently fell below $2021/barrel, which also brings room for another reduction in fuel surcharges on domestic routes.

Prior to this, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and other foreign airlines have lowered the fuel surcharge for international routes in April, and this reduction in the domestic fuel surcharge will also help stimulate the demand for travel in the aviation market in the traditional off-season.

March and April are the traditional off-season for the domestic civil aviation market, but according to the reporter, since March, the average domestic fare (excluding fuel) of some domestic airlines has exceeded the level of the same period in 3, coupled with the fuel surcharge and airport construction fee that must be paid, the actual flight cost of passengers is higher, and the reduction of fuel surcharge helps stimulate the travel demand of some price-sensitive potential tourist sources.

The upcoming Qingming Festival holiday will also increase the demand for civil aviation travel. According to the latest data from Airlines and Travel, as of March 3, air ticket bookings around the Qingming Festival (April 27 to April 4) increased by about 4% year-on-year. Around the Qingming Festival (April 4-April 6), the average price of air tickets (excluding tax) for domestic routes is predicted to be about 93 yuan, of which some routes such as Beijing-Yichang, Shanghai-Kunming and other routes still have special fares of less than 4%.

The decline in oil prices has also contributed to the further reduction of airline costs. According to the reporter, after achieving a long-lost profit in January, many domestic airlines began to turn into losses again, in order to stimulate passengers' travel demand, China Southern Airlines and Spring and Autumn have successively released a new "Fly At Will", and this type of product is a promotional means developed by airlines to stimulate travel during the epidemic.