CAB: Airlines won’t raise fuel surcharges in October despite higher jet fuel prices

Three is no hike in fuel surcharge for domestic and international flights for now despite a slight uptick in fuel costs, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

A fuel surcharge refers to the extra fees collected by airlines in addition to the base airfare. The fee will be used to recover fuel costs.

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla said jet fuel prices averaged P47.27 per liter between August 10 to September 9 from P46.73 per liter.

Under Level 9 of the new passenger fuel surcharge matrix, airlines are allowed to collect fuel surcharge of P287 to P839 for domestic flights and P947.39 to P7,044.27 for international flights.

For cargo fuel surcharge, airlines are allowed to charge P1.47 to P4.31 per kilogram for domestic flights under Level 9 and P4.87 to P36.21 per kg for international flights.

“Airlines wishing to impose or collect fuel surcharge must file its application with CAB on or before the effectivity period, with fuel surcharge rates not exceeding the above-stated level,” Arcilla said.

Data from CAB showed that air passenger volume in the Philippines reached 13.17 million from January to June, more than four times the 2.95 million passengers carried in 2021.

Of the total, domestic passenger volume accounted for 9.69 million during the period, higher than the two million passengers last year.

International passenger traffic reached 3.48 million, more than triple the 957,573 passengers in the same period a year ago.

For the full year of 2021, international passengers comprised 2.19 million with 1.21 million transported by domestic carriers and 2.27 million by foreign airlines.