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Terminal fee inclusion in airline ticket cost starts Oct. 1

MANILA, Philippines - The P550 terminal fee will be integrated into the airline ticket as scheduled on Oct. 1.

It would be integrated into the ticket cost at point of sale, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said MIAA has concluded talks with international air carrier representatives to incorporate the terminal fee in the price of airline tickets.

It would help resolve congestion of departing passengers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), he added.

The new policy would free up a sizable area at NAIA since the existing terminal fee counters would be removed.

The policy is at par with international standards and practices.

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The Philippines is the only country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) collecting terminal fees on a face-to-face basis at the airport.

The one-year transition integration program would start next month and full implementation will be in place by October next year.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has instructed the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), as well as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to incorporate the terminal fee into the cost of airline tickets.

The collection of the P550 terminal fee is essential to the continued operations of airports. Out of this amount, P390 is MIAA’s share for maintenance and upkeep, P100 goes to the national government and P60 is for aviation security.

MIAA said overseas Filipino workers holding a certification from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); pilgrims endorsed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos; athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC); and others authorized by the Office of the President are exempted from paying the terminal fee.                                        


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