Increased airline fuel surcharges will not put a dampener on Lunar New Year travel plans as the public have 'grown used' to rising air ticket prices, the head of the Travel Industry Council said yesterday. Cathay Pacific is expected to increase its oil surcharge fees from Friday, the fourth such increase in six months. Cathay Pacific and five other airlines obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Department on Friday to raise its oil surcharge from this week, from HK$466 to HK$508 for long-distance journeys and from HK$113 to HK$123 for its short-haul flights. The surcharge levied on Cathay's long-distance flights has risen 23 per cent since July. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said that the new round of oil surcharges were not likely to dampen people's flight plans. 'They've actually become used to it,' Mr Tung said. Other airlines expected to raise their fuel surcharges from Friday are Dragonair, China Eastern, JetStar Asia, Royal Nepal and Saudi Arabian Airlines.