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Duterte chides PAL, Cebu Pacific for charging high airfares: Mahal tuloy magbyahe!

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President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed local airline companies— Lucio Tan’s Philippine Airlines and John Gokongwei’s Cebu Pacific,— for charging high fares.

During the situation briefing Sunday (September 16) in Cagayan for Typhoon Ompong, Duterte said the Philippines is among the countries where airfare is the most expensive.

“’Yung pamasahe ng eroplano. You can get it about $100 outside with the same distance,” he said.

The Davao City Council is currently hearing complaints against PAL’s overpriced Davao-Manila airfare, which is more expensive than the Manila-Hong Kong route and 50 percent higher than the fare offered by Cebu Pacific.

Duterte expressed hope that PAL will ,oderate their greed and reduce their profits to make airfares more affordable to Filipinos.

“If they can provide, marami namang sakayan, mura namang eroplano ngayon, kung sakali. ‘Wag lang nilang mahalan masyado,” he said.

Duterte asked Transportation Secretary Art Tugade if the government could “control” prices of airlines amid mounting complaints of excessive airfares.

Tugade said the Civil Aeronautics Board has a say in the fares charged by airlines but explained that PAL and Cebu Pacific are able to jack up their prices due to the fuel surcharge.

“Ngayon ho ‘yung presyo sa pagsakay sa eroplano involved ho diyan ‘yung tinatawag na presyo ng fuel, ‘yung Avgas (aviation gs) control. Kaya ‘pag tumaas ‘yung presyo ng Avgas sa merkado, tataas din ‘yung presyo ng pamasahe,” he explained.

” Kasi ho wala po tayong sariling fuel, langis. ‘Yung mga iba ho meron sila. Kaya ‘yun ho ‘yung malaking advantage nila. Sana ho kung meron tayong sariling langis maka-calibrate mo ‘yan,” he added.

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