Good news to OFWs! Starting March 2017, OFWs will be exempted to pay the Php 550 airport terminal fee.
Ed Monreal, Manila International Airport Authority general manager confirmed this in a forum held at the at the Manila Hotel. He said that his office is working on technical details and coordinating with international airlines to axe the terminal fee.
The said fee was imposed since 2015 by the previous management of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The amount of Php 550 was included in the airfare that OFWs bought online and via ticket offices. It can be refunded, however most of the time OFWs no longer do so due to their busy schedules.
As a result, the unclaimed airport terminal fees have summed up into billion pesos. It currently stays on NAIA’s general fund.
NAIA General Mgr. Ed Monreal assures that the unclaimed airport terminal fee of OFWs can still be refunded even if travel date is years ago.
OFW passenger just need to present E-ticket, boarding pass and passport used during the travel date.
Aside from this development, it was also said that air traffic is expected to be greatly reduced in the first quarter of 2017 . New systems namely -Communication and Navigation System (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) will be operational.
“The government had constructed 12 radar stations across the Philippines as adjunct to the CNS/ATM to monitor each arriving and departing flight, and these would greatly speed up the landing and takeoff, contributing to the efficiency of the NAIA,” Antonio Manuel Tamayo, deputy director general of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.