MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado is flanked by executives from 34 airlines operating in the Philippines at the signing of a MOA for the inclusion of the terminal fee in the price of airline tickets. Photo by Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement with international air carrier representatives for the integration of the airport terminal fee in the price of airline tickets.
MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado and representatives from 34 foreign and local airlines signed the agreement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Under the agreement, the P550 terminal fee for departing passengers for international flights will be included in the airline ticket starting October 1, 2014.
Honrado said the agreement is a milestone for the MIAA and is expected to reduce the queuing time for departing international passengers.
After check-in, passengers can directly go to the immigration counters.
"Less queuing is less stress for our passengers," Honrado aid.
Ramon Ang, president of Philippine Airlines, said he sees no problem with the integration of the terminal fees in airline tickets.
While the integration program will begin in October 2014, there is a one-year transition period that will end in September 2015. Full implementation of the policy will be in October 2015.
MIAA collects a P550 terminal fee for the maintenance of the airport (P390) and aviation security (P60), while P100 goes to the national government.
The terminal fee for domestic flights has already been incorporated in airline tickets since August 2012. - Report from Raoul Esperas