Global jet fuel prices are currently decreasing and South African Airways has therefore announced certain price cuts.
Flights from Johannesburg to various African destinations, such as Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kigali (Rwanda), Point Noire (Congo), Libreville (Gabon) and Cotonou (Benin), will experience average reductions of USD15 per segment (approximately R249 per round trip). Total long haul return ticket costs will be cut by USD7 per segment (approximately R116 per round trip) and domestic return flights by USD5 per segment (approximately R83 per round trip).
According to South African Airways, the decreases more than compensate for the European Union carbon emissions tax of between €1 and €2 (between roughly R10 and R21) which the airline will implement next month.
The carbon emissions tax is opposed by airlines and governments around the world because it has been unilaterally imposed by the European Union despite proposals by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for a fair and equitable approach to be agreed under the auspices of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).