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Happy travels! No airfare hikes expected this December 

by RepublicAsia

TRAVELERS booking plane tickets until next month are assured that airfares will remain the same for the holidays.

This is because the Civil Aeronautics Board has retained the fuel surcharge to Level 8 until December. 

CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said in an advisory that fuel surcharge for domestic and international passenger flights will be kept at Level 8 for the whole month of December — the same level in November.

A fuel surcharge is a fee assessed by a carrier to account for regional and/or seasonal variations in fuel costs. 

Depending on the distance of the flight, the Level 8 fuel surcharge means that domestic passenger flights range from P253 to P787, while international passenger flights from the Philippines range from P835.05 to P6,208.98. 

In a statement on Friday, Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the flag carrier will “comply with the CAB Level 8 matrix for fuel surcharge for tickets to be purchased in December.”

“We have ongoing program partnerships which provide promo rates that help ease the burden among our customers. We are ramping up flights in time for the holiday season. Travel appetite is evident as flights are generating high passenger turnout. As we brace for the deluge of passengers this December, we have announced revised terminal assignments for NAIA Terminals 1 and 2,” Villaluna said. 

To complement the expected surge in passenger traffic next month, PAL said it would open its Cebu-Cotabato-Tawi-Tawi route starting December 1 and the Cebu-Bangkok route beginning December 16.

By December 16, it will also launch its Cebu-Baguio flights, and by December 19, its Cebu-Borongan route. 

Meanwhile, AirAsia External Communications and Public Affairs Manager Carlo Carongoy said the CAB initiative would help all airline companies “to cushion the effects of the volatile fuel pricing and the weakening value of the peso versus the US dollar.”

“While we all share the optimism on a more stable fuel price in the days ahead, we at AirAsia stay committed to providing our guests with best value deals that will allow them to travel more during the holidays,” Carongoy said. 

AirAsia Philippines also announced on Friday that it would have Tokyo as its 10th active international destination for 2023. 

The low-cost air carrier will fly to the Japanese capital from Manila starting February 1, 2023 via the Narita International Airport. Tokyo is the second Japanese destination of the airline as it commences its tri-weekly Manila-Osaka route on 6 December.



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