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China cuts fuel surcharges on domestic flights

updated: 2008-12-23

China will reduce fuel surcharges on domestic flights by up to 75 percent, starting Dec. 25 of this year, the top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Friday.

This came after the commission lowered the jet fuel price by more than 30 percent late on Thursday.

The charge on flights of more than 800 km will decline to 40 yuan ($5.60) from 150 yuan per ticket, while that for routes shorter than 800 km will fall from 80 yuan per ticket to 20 yuan.

The reduced surcharges are expected to encourage more people to travel by air, said Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.

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