Much expensive airfares? CAB imposes fuel surcharges starting July

AIRLINE passengers may have to pay more for their tickets next month.The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced that it is set to impose fuel surcharges starting July 1 which will range from P355 to P1,038 due to the ongoing rise in jet fuel prices in the world market.During a virtual public briefing, CAB Hearing Examiners Division chief Atty. Blem Moro cited that a plane trip from Manila to Cebu, for example, will have a surcharge of P706.“Many airlines, especially our local airlines, have applied surcharges, including Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, as well as foreign carriers,” the ofof said.Moro said surcharges are also based on the distance of a flight both domestic and international.Moro said the CAB revised its surcharge matrix amid the rise in global fuel prices.CAB earlier said July rates may reach Level 11 from the current Level 7 in the fuel surcharge matrix.Under Level 11, airlines may collect a fuel surcharge of P355 to P1,038 per passenger for a one-way domestic flight and from P1,172 to P8,714.84 for international flights originating from the Philippines.According to Moro, base fares had not changed as airline companies continued to offer promotional and cheap fares.