PH airlines' bid for fuel surcharge hike okayed

By Louella D. Desiderio, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 04 2012 07:39 AM | Updated as of Apr 04 2012 10:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has given four local carriers and 10 international airlines the greenlight to raise the fuel surcharge collected from passengers given higher fuel prices.

Ma. Elben Moro, chief of the hearing examiners division at the CAB told reporters yesterday that the regulator has approved the petitions filed by local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL), Airphil Express, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific, and ten international airlines to hike the fuel surcharge of their flights.

“The increase in fuel surcharge is because of the fact that fuel in the world market has risen,” she said.

With CAB granting the request to hike the fuel surcharge, PAL will start charging passengers a higher $300 from a previous fee of P$200 for flights from Manila to Canada or the USA except Honolulu, while those in flights from Manila to Honolulu will have to pay a higher $250 from a previous fee of $155.

Passengers of PAL flights from to Manila to Australia meanwhile, will pay a fuel surcharge of $200, up from $150.

PAL will be collecting a higher fuel surcharge of $100 from a previous fee of $85 for those going to Indonesia from Manila.

Passengers who are going to Japan or Beijing will pay $100 instead of the previous $75 being charged.

As for passengers of PAL flights from Manila going to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Korea, they will have to pay $80 for fuel surcharge, from a previous fee of $75.

Those headed to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan via PAL flights will be paying a higher $55 instead of $45.

Given the CAB’s approval of Airphil Express’ petition, the fuel surcharge of its flights from Clark and Manila to destinations in Luzon will increase to P300 from a previous fee of P250, while the fee for flights from Luzon to Visayas, will rise to P400 from a previous fee of P300.

Airphil will also be applying a higher fuel surcharge of P500 from a previous fee of P400 for flights from Luzon to Mindanao.

For flights within Visayas and within the Mindanao region, Airphil will be raising the fuel surcharge to P300 from P250.

Passengers of Zest Airways’ flights from Manila to Legaspi, Marinduque, Masbate, San Jose, Tablas, Virac, or Busuanga will see the fuel surcharge rise to P350 from P250.

As for those going to Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Calbayog, Catarman, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo, Tacloban or Tagbilaran.