Airlines raising charges

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Air Inc. asked the Civil Aeronautics Board to approve higher fuel surcharges on their passenger tickets.

A fuel surcharge is added to each ticket to offset increases in jet fuel prices, an airline’s highest expense after labor.

Cebu Pacific, in its petition, asked for an adjustment of at least $4 on its Manila-Busan, Manila-Incheon, Cebu-Busan and Cebu-Incheon routes from $54 to $58. The petition is scheduled for hearing on Sept. 25.

PAL is asking for $170 for each sector from Manila to Europe. The European Union in July lifted the ban on PAL, which signals the westward expansion of the Ramon Ang-led carrier’s international route network.

PAL is scheduled to return to European destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid before the end of the year. Regulators are set to hear the petition on Sept. 24.