Malaysia Airlines (MAS) managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the national airlines will remove fuel surcharge for domestidris-jala-masic travel in Malaysia starting Wednesday.

The decision was made based on the drop in fuel prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during the current economic slowdown.

“We have always offered competitive fares that are benchmarked against our competitors’ on a route-by-route basis. Our stand is the total amount that the customer pays must be competitive, whether it is the fares alone or fares in combination with the fuel surcharge,” Idris said in a statement yesterday.

The removal of the fuel surcharge would see more competitive prices for the airlines’ MH Value Fares – of four fare options – ie., economy class travel, with discounts of between 20% and 70% being offered, according to Idris.

The airlines had already reduced fuel surcharge to destinations such as South Korea, Japan, France, Hong Kong and Singapore, and other points of sales to various destinations from Malaysia he said.