Cebu Pacific, Tigerair PH raising fares
The budget airlines says new fares will reflect higher prices of jet fuel in the world market

Cebu Pacific recently acquired Tigerair Philippines from Singaporean and Filipino shareholders. Images from EPA

MANILA, Philippines – Budget airlines Cebu Pacific and newly acquired Tigerair Philippines said they are raising fares by up to 160% due to higher jet fuel prices in the world market.

The airlines filed a petition before the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), seeking an increase in the fuel surcharge for domestic and international flights.

“Cebu Pacific requested for an upward adjustment of fuel surcharges due to increasing fuel uplift costs, these are expenses related to transferring fuel, on top of the prevailing jet fuel price. These expenses have also been compounded by the weakening peso,” Atty. Jorenz Tanada, company vice president for corporate affairs, said.

CAB allows airlines to collect fuel surcharge from passengers to help them recover losses arising from higher world fuel prices.

Cebu Pacific intends to hike the fuel surcharge by 10% to 160% for 22 international routes from its hubs in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Clark. These routes include:

  • Manila to Jakarta, $59 from $25
  • Manila to Macau, $33 from $15
  • Manila to Hong Kong, $30 from $15
  • Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan, $25 from $15
  • Manila to Kuala Lumpur, $39 from $25
  • Manila to Kota Kinabalu $23 from $15
  • Manila to Taipei, $30 from $20
  • Manila to Bangkok, $48 from $30
  • Manila to Hanoi, $44 from $30
  • Manila to Shanghai, $51 from $37
  • Manila to Beijing, $68 from $50
  • Manila to Xiamen, $33 from $26
  • Manila to Siam Rep, $35 from $30
  • Manila to Narita, $55 from $50
  • Manila to Nagoya, $55 from $50
  • Clark to Singapore, $41 from $20
  • Clark to Macau, $26 from !10
  • Clark to Hong Kong, $25 from $10
  • Cebu to Singapore, $46 from $25
  • Cebu to Bangkok, $56 from $35
  • Iloilo to Singapore, $47 from $25
  • Iloilo to Hong Kong, $34 from $25

On the other hand, Tigerair Philippines is set to impose a P100 fuel surcharge increase for 9 domestic routes operated out of Manila and Clark.

The fuel surcharge for flights to Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban from Manila will now cost P400 instead of P300. The surcharge for flights to Davao from Manila will also increase to P500 from P400.

The surcharge for flights between Clark and Davao, and Clark and Kalibo will go up to P500 from P400, and P400 from P300, respectively.

Tigerair Philippines will impose a fuel surcharge of $20 for flights from Clark to Bangkok; $10 for Clark to Hong Kong; and $20 for Clark to Singapore.

It also plans to impose a fuel surcharge of $35 for new routes Cebu to Bangkok and Kalibo to Hong Kong, and $25 for flights between Cebu and Singapore.

Latest results of the Jet Fuel Price Monitor of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) showed that the price of jet fuel now stands at $124.6 per barrel, higher than the full-year target of $124 per barrel set by IATA.

Cebu Pacific currently operates over 2,200 flights per week using 49 aircraft to 24 international and 33 Philippine cities in its network.

Tigerair Philippines operates about 118 flights per week using 5 aircraft to 11 domestic and international destinations from its bases in Manila and Clark.

Cebu Pacific, led by taipan John Gokongwei, recently signed a share purchase deal valued at $15 billion, giving it 100% of Tigerair Philippines. (READ: Cebu Pacific buying Tigerair PH for $15M)

The deal covers the acquisition of 40% interest of Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd of Singapore for $7 million as well as the 60% stake of Filipino shareholders for $8 million. –

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