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Soaring oil prices drive up airfares
Updated: 2004-05-20 11:00

Record high prices of global crude oil over the past 21 years have driven up domestic airfares.

Besides raising the additional fees for international cargo fuel by 33 percent, major Chinese airlines offered only 20-30 percent discounts on domestic airfares, instead of up to 70 percent off previously. Air-tickets of some airlines are sold at 10 percent off or even at full prices.

"Although the additional fuel prices of domestic air-tickets have been canceled, soaring oil prices, especially air transportation fuel prices, are likely to drive up airfares," said an industry analyst with China Southern Airlines.

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