Cebu Pacific seeks higher fuel charges, adds flights

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The budget carrier applies for an increase in the fuel surcharge for 7 overseas and 4 domestic routes

MANILA, Philippines — Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific seeks to impose higher charges for some of its domestic and international routes to recover from losses incurred from rising jet fuel prices.

Cebu Pacific filed a petition before the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for increase in the fuel surcharge on 7 international and 4 domestic routes.

Here are the routes covered by the carrier’s petition:

International

  • Manila-Incheon, Manila-Busan, Cebu-Incheon and Cebu to Busan: $54 per passenger from $50, up 8%
  • Manila-Shanghai: $37 from $25, up 48%
  • Manila-Beijing: $50 from $35, up 43%
  • Manila to Giangshou: $35 from $25, up 40%
  • Manila-Xiamen: $26 from $20, up 30%
  • Manila to Siam Rep: $30 from $25, up 20% 

Domestic

  • Manila-Pagadian: P450 from P400, up 12.5% 
  • Cebu-Clark: P350 from P300, up 17%
  • Cebu-Cagayan de Oro: P300 from P250, up 20%
  • Cebu-Bacolod: P250 from P200, up 25%

The budget carrier however decided to cut the fuel surcharge for Manila-Dipolog flights by 11% to P400 from P450.

Additional domestic flights

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific launched more flights in August.

The additional flights were launched after the budget airline took delivery of two Airbus A320s last July.

Here is a list of the destinations with additional frequencies:

Starting Aug 1

  • Manila and Kalibo (a total of 33 flights, with additional Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday frequencies)

Starting Aug 3

  • Manila-Cebu (daily), Manila-Davao (4 weekly flights) and Manila-Legazpi (4 weekly flights)
  • Cebu-Davao (3 weekly flights), Cebu-Dumaguete (2 weekly flights), Cebu-Tacloban (3 weekly flights) and Cebu-Legazpi (4 weekly flights)

Starting August 12

  • Cebu-Siargao (5 times weekly)

Cebu Pacific will also increase frequencies of its Manila-Busuanga and Manila-Tagbilaran routes between August 24 and October 26.

Cebu Pacific meanwhile upgraded the aircraft for its Cebu-General Santos flights to a 180-seater A320 from an A319 with 156 seats. The aircraft for its Cebu-Butuan route was also upgraded to a 72-seater A319.

Cebu Pacific’s fleet is composed of 10 Airbus A319s, 27 Airbus A320s, one Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500s. It will take delivery of 15 more A320s, 30 Airbus A321neos, and 5 A330s between 2013 and 2021.

The budget carrier is implementing an action plan for increased safety after two runway mishaps in June. – Rappler.com