Naia terminal fee plan hits a Snag
Here’s a possible piece of bad news to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) frequent fliers: the planned integration of Naia terminal fees to airline tickets has encountered a problem.
Several members of the Board of Airlines Representatives (Bar) are protesting Manila International Airport Authority’s (Miaa) plan to integrate both terminal and ticket fees. The problem is not disagreement with the policy but that the airlines are asking more time to fine tune the plan.
According to reports, some airlines felt that the abrupt policy change is being ‘shoved down our throat’ since they believe there is lack of proper dialogue. Miaa wants airlines to be bound to the policy in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) set for signing on 1 July.
The protesters point out two problems about Miaa’s scheme:
- Airlines’ service fee for the added administrative work is 3.5% for every Php550 terminal fee collected. Protesters want 6% which is the practice in other countries in the region.
- Application of the policy for internet bookings is complicated. Tickets bought in the Philippines are exempted from the terminal fee whereas overseas bookings are automatically collected.
These snags point to all manner of additional problems to be shouldered by the airlines, including advanced payments to the government and possibly longer queues at the passenger entrance of Naia.
Bar has asked Miaa to move the MOA signing from 1 to 17 July but their request has been denied. Out of the 23 airlines who originally stated their support of the policy, 17 have backed out due to possible legal consequences of the MOA.
Meanwhile, Miaa said that those who fail to attend the 1 July meeting shall be taken as ‘refusal to co-operate in this very important undertaking of the Philippine government, with the national interest in mind.’