Airport charges for airlines deferred in COVID-19 rescue: transport dept

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Posted at Mar 10 2020 11:23 AM

Airport charges for airlines deferred in COVID-19 rescue: transport dept 1
Travelers wait for their respective flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 arrival area on February 04, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The Philippines will defer airport charges for local airlines to help them cope with reduced travel demand due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, the transportation department said Tuesday.

Airlines operating under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) can save up to P37 million a month with the deferred take-off, landing and parking fees, said Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.

The fees will be paid "once the COVID-19 threat in the country is lifted, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. 

“We are in a situation that is not of our own liking nor of our own making. There is an emergency. Can the government not do things that can assuage the emergency? We need to extend our arm to all. Let it not be said that we did not do a thing,” Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade said.

Local airlines operating in MIAA and under CAAP are covered by the order, the DOTr said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday placed the Philippines under a state of public health emergency after local transmissions of COVID 19 were confirmed and the number of confirmed cases jumped to 14.