PAL seeks fuel surcharge for flights to Europe

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With the European Union (EU) recently allowing flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to resume flights to Europe after banning the carrier for almost three years, the flag carrier is seeking permission for fuel surcharge to be imposed on its international tickets particularly for passengers flying to the continent.

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Data from Civil Aviation Board showed that PAL is asking permission to impose a $170 fuel surcharge on its international operations from Manila to Europe.

Earlier, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Guy Ledoux said the flight ban will be lifted effectively on July 12 this year.

From June 3 to 7, an EU team was in the country to assess the country’s aviation safety measures and determine if the Philippines should be removed from the EU airline blacklist.

An EU statement confirmed the lifting of the ban in a statement. “Following improvements in the safety situation in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is the first airline from this country allowed back into European skies since 2010,” it said.

Earlier, Ramon Ang, PAL president and chief executive officer, said the lifting of the ban opens PAL flights to prime European destinations such as Paris, London, Amster-dam and Rome.

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