Fuel surcharge in December unchanged

The fuel surcharge reflected in the prices of flight tickets will be kept at the same level in December, when flights are expected to increase with the holiday season.

In an advisory issued on Friday, the Civil Aeronautics Board said the fuel surcharges that domestic suppliers were allowed to collect would remain at level 8 next month.

At Level 8, passengers will next month pay a fuel surcharge of P361 for flights from Manila to Caticlan, Kalibo and Roxas while P503 will be collected for those flying to Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu and Puerto Princesa. Fuel surcharge for flights from Manila to Zamboanga, Cotabato and Davao amounts to P708.

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Flights from the Philippines to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam will have a fuel charge of P835.05 per passenger. Passengers flying to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Guam will pay an additional P1,154.89, while those traveling to North America and the United Kingdom, P5,913.31.

Fuel surcharges are additional fees charged by airlines to help them recover fuel costs. These are separate from the base fare, which is the amount actually paid by the passenger for their seat.

Domestic airlines, including budget carrier Cebu Pacific, increased flight capacity last quarter to take advantage of holiday spending.

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The Gokongwei-led airline is set to increase flights from Cebu to Iloilo, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Surigao, Pagadian and Tacloban. It also added additional flights to Brunei, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong.

“We know that many are dying to travel again to their favorite domestic and foreign destinations, so we are very excited to bring on these additional flights as we approach the holiday season,” Xander Lau, Chief Commercial Officer of Cebu Pacific, said earlier.

Philippine Airlines recently said an increase in passenger numbers is expected through mid-October to January, stressing the need to expand its flight capacity to address the resurgence of both business and leisure travel.

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It is set to provide additional flights to several domestic destinations, including Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Iloilo, Caticlan and Tacloban.

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