CEB wants official carrier tag for Kuwait flights

by Jun Vallecera, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jan 10 2013 07:58 AM | Updated as of Jan 10 2013 03:58 PM

Cebu Air Inc., operator of low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific, is seeking government accreditation as the country’s official carrier to Kuwait where it plans to launch regular flights four times a week.

The Gokongwei-controlled carrier has sought official carrier status from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), which has set a public hearing on the petition on January 15.

According to an official document, Cebu Pacific plans to fly to Kuwait four times weekly with an Airbus A330.

At the same time, the airline also petitioned the CAB for authority to impose a fuel surcharge on international flights. It has asked for authority to impose a surcharge of $110 for the Manila-to-Dubai service in response to higher operational costs arising from the increase in cost of jet fuel.

Earlier, South Korea’s Jeju Air filed a petition for a $40 fuel surcharge on flights to Incheon from its Clark hub in Pampanga.

Fuel costs are some of the more expensive components of an airline’s operational costs, often in excess of 50 percent of total cost of operations.