No more queuing for Naia terminal Fee
Good news to frequent fliers using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia): terminal fees will be incorporated into airline ticket payments starting October 2014. This will get rid of one processing step for passengers and free up precious space in the congested Naia.
The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) has just concluded talks with Naia officials and representatives of international airlines on the proposed policy change. All stakeholders are set to sign a memorandum of agreement this month.
The integration period will start October this year, where terminal fees will already be included in airline tickets whether purchased online or in ticketing offices and travel agents. Full implementation will be in October 2015.
Secretary of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Jun Abaya commented ‘We congratulate Miaa on this new policy. It improves travelling convenience and efficiency at Naia by removing a whole process which unnecessarily adds to the passengers’ processing time.’
The new policy will also give DOTC ample space for the ongoing major renovations in Terminals 1 and 3 of Naia. The rehabilitation project in Terminal 1 is expected to be complete by January 2015 while Terminal 3 upgrades are expected to be finished next month.
Five airlines from Terminal 1 will be moved to Terminal 3 by August this year: Singapore Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and KLM.
The Philippines is the only Asean country that still collects terminal fees on a face-to-face basis. The new policy will help Philippine aviation be at par with international standards.
Miaa collects terminal fees or international passenger service charge worth Php550 for passengers on international flights to fund maintenance and operations costs. Php390 goes to Miaa, Php100 goes to the national government while Php60 goes to aviation security.