Taiwan airlines to raise fuel surcharges on international
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Taiwanese airlines will increase their fuel surcharges on international flights with effect later this week, due to surging international oil prices, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

With the hike, passengers on one-way long-haul flights will see a fare increase of about NT$190 (US$6.5), while those on short-haul one-way flights will pay some NT$72 more, according to the CAA.

The CAA said Monday that it has approved local airlines’ applications to hike their fuel surcharges for the second time in five months, as oil prices have been rising.

Fuel surcharges were first imposed on ticket prices by airlines around the world in 2004, when fuel prices skyrocketed, the CAA said.

The surcharges were introduced as a way for the airlines to pass the increased costs to the consumer.