SEAir Seeks Fuel Surcharges on New International Flights

Southeast Asian Airlines is preparing to launch new international service to Singapore from Kalibo and Cebu. In addition, Kalibo will also receive a new direct flight to Hong Kong. The new international flights will be a first for Seair who has been concentrating its efforts in the past on developing its Clark and Manila hubs.

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Following increased competition and poor performance on the domestic front, the airline seems to be diversifying its strategy and focusing more on international routes from underserved Philippine gateways as it tries to find ways to compete in the crowded Philippine market and achieve profitability.

Meanwhile, the airline has filed an application with the Civil Aeronautics Board with the intention of imposing a fuel surcharge of P500 on its new international services from Kalibo to Singapore and Hong Kong, and Cebu to Singapore. The airlines are permitted to impose such surcharges in order to recover losses from fluctuating jet fuel prices. A public hearing is scheduled for June 6 to determine whether the application will be approved.

Southeast Asian Airlines currently operates a fleet of two Airbus A319 aircraft and three Airbus A320 aircraft. The Kalibo to Singapore route will launch on July 18, 2013.

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