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Excise tax on jet fuel adds $100 to plane tickets

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With the excise tax on jet fuel, an additional $100 will be imposed per plane ticket, the Tourism Congress on Thursday.

Tourism Congress Executive Vice President Aileen Clemente said the industry is not seeking for a reduction of the levy since taxes should not be impose to aviation fuel due to the existence of reciprocity between the Philippines and other countries where local airlines fly to.

Clemente made it clear that this $100 tax will only affect international airlines since domestic carriers have a way of offsetting their costs.

“Quite a significant part of the tax is passed on to the airline ticket and this jacks up its cost up to $100 per ticket,” she said.

Clemente also scored another hurdle faced by the tourism industry, saying the airport system needs more airports in key tourist destinations because of the country’s archipelagic nature.

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