Philippine carriers gain approval to raise fuel surcharge


MANILA (XFNews) - The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has allowed Philippine

airlines to raise their fuel surcharge for local and international flights

to recover the cost of higher jet fuel prices, CAB executive director Tomas

Manalac said

Starting next week, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines Inc will increase their fuel surcharges by up to 250 pesos per one-way domestic flight and as much as 8 usd for a one-way overseas trip.

"The fuel surcharges being imposed by the carriers are significantly lower than the actual cost of fuel increase per passenger. This is because the airlines need to remain competitive in both domestic and international markets," Manalac said.

The CAB will review the surcharges after six months and may order a reduction once fuel prices have softened.

Jet fuel has risen to more than 70 usd per barrel from 55 usd when fares of local airlines' were increased in November last year, officials of carriers said. Fuel accounts for around 40 pct of an airline's operating expenses.

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