PAL, Cebu Pacific comply with fuel surcharge removal


Posted at Jan 12 2015 05:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2015 01:02 AM

MANILA – Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific vow compliance with the directive of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to remove fuel surcharge on airline fares for international and domestic flights.

PAL said the Lucio Tan-owned airline as well as other local and international carriers operating in Philippines have received the CAB order to cease imposing fuel surcharges citing current oil prices in the world market.

Imposing fuel surcharge is a global industry practice approved by government authorities.

"We have carried out the necessary procedural and system adjustments in view of this latest call from government. Rest assured that PAL will always bear in mind the welfare of our customers and the traveling public,” PAL president Jaime Bautista said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, said it has already removed fuel surcharge in tickets starting January 9 in compliance to the order.

“Cebu Pacific has complied with the CAB resolution and has implemented the removal of fuel surcharges effective January 9,” Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Jorenz Tanada said.

The CAB had earlier warned it would impose sanctions on domestic and foreign airlines that would impose fuel surcharge on passengers.

CAB lifted fuel surcharge on international and domestic flights last week due to lower oil prices. This means no fuel surcharge will be collected from all tickets sold from January 8 onwards.