THE Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) retained the fuel surcharge for passenger and cargo at level 6 for the second straight month.
“In light of the perceived increase in average fares, vis-à-vis increase in operational costs, please be advised that the applicable fuel surcharge rate for October 1 to October 31, 2023 will remain level 6, until further notice,” CAB said in an advisory.
Under Level 6 of the passenger fuel surcharge matrix, airlines are allowed to collect a fuel surcharge of P185 to P665 for domestic flights and P610.37 to P4,538.40 for international flights.
The CAB said for the cargo fuel surcharge, airlines are allowed to charge P0.95 to P2.78 per kilogram for domestic flights under Level 6 and P3.14 to P23.33 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,” CAB said.
The CAB said airline fuel surcharge is an optional fee, imposed and collected by airlines to recover fuel costs and stem losses caused by upward spikes in fuel cost.
It said fuel surcharge is not a part of the basic airfare and may be reduced or removed depending on the price of jet fuel in the market.
The CAB suspended the imposition of fuel surcharge in all domestic and international flights in 2015 because of lower jet fuel prices.