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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008

JAL, ANA to hike international airfares up to 10% from October

Staff writer

Starting in October, a passenger flying business class to L.A. on a weekday will have to pay up to an additional ¥72,000.

To counter surging fuel costs, Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co., Japan's two biggest carriers, said Monday they will raise airfares by as much as 10 percent starting in October for some international flights.

ANA separately also hopes to raise its fuel surcharges in the October-December period for some of its international routes.

The price hikes come after the International Air Transport Association, an industry group of airlines, passed a resolution earlier this month to raise airfares, JAL and ANA officials said. Both airlines are members of the association.

JAL will raise regular fares to North America by 10 percent, increasing the price of a weekday business-class ticket from Tokyo to New York to ¥922,400 from ¥838,500, the company said on its Web site.

ANA said it will charge ¥680,900 to fly to L.A. compared with the current ¥619,000.

According to the airline, the average price for jet kerosene during the May-July period rose to a record high $163.54 per barrel in Singapore.

"Based on such a situation, we judged that we will have to ask international passengers to bear further price rises," ANA said in a statement.

JAL said it hopes to increase regular fares for flights to North America, Central and South America and Hawaii by 10 percent, and by 5 percent for flights to the Middle East, Africa and other parts of Asia.

ANA also plans to raise regular fares for flights to North America by 10 percent. Flights to Southeast Asia, India, China, South Korea, Guam, the Middle East and Africa will be raised by 5 percent.

ANA is eyeing increasing fuel surcharges by up to ¥5,000 per international flight.

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