Thai Airways Hikes Fuel Surcharges for International Fares

Thailand’s national airline increased international fares last week. The fuel surcharge for tickets on Thai Airways flights increased by a minimum of US$5 (THB160) on Tuesday. This extra fee is for economy class seats on short-haul flights from Bangkok to Southeast Asian cities such as Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang and Yangon. Seats in business class to the same regional destinations went up by US$8 (THB260).

Other regional destinations saw the fuel add-ons rise in relation to the distance travelled. The surcharge for Hong Kong and Singapore flights rose by US$8 in economy and US$12 (THB390) for business class. Colombo, Osaka and Delhi all increased by a minimum of US$11 (THB360) and up to a maximum of US$27 (THB880) in business.

Long-haul to London and other THAI destinations such as Paris, Rome and Stockholm come with fuel fee increases of US$30 (THB980) for economy class and US$45 (THB1,470) for business. Reporting the across-the-board fuel surcharge, the Thai Rath noted it was the second time the airline had increased fuel surcharges in 2017.

A source at Thai Airways says there are no plans in the pipeline for similar price hikes on domestic routes. THAI flies popular domestic tourist routes from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phuket. Budget airlines fly the same routes, although mostly from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport. It pays to check with What’s Up’s partner ticketing agencies to get the best deals.