NAIA terminal fee hike proposal needs 'real public consultations,' says Poe

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2018 09:04 AM

Passengers arrive at the departure area of the NAIA Terminal 1. Authorities are studying an increase in terminal fees, which Sen. Grace Poe wants to investigate. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- There should be a "real public consultation" on the planned increase in terminal fees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Sen. Grace Poe said Thursday.

Airport authorities should "first focus on passenger service" before looking at charges, said Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on public services.

A proposal to increase terminal fees to P750 for international flights and P300 for domestic flights was unopposed at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Poe said the terminal fee hike would affect as many as 42 million, the number of passengers who passed through NAIA in 2017. The public is also still reeling from the revival of the fuel surcharge in airline tickets, she said.

"What are they doing right now with the existing 'passenger service charge' or terminal fee? What are they going to do if ever it increases? We can't simply take it hook, line and sinker and give it to them," Poe said.

The lawmaker also said "the dust hasn't settled" on the 36-hour shutdown of the NAIA in August, after a Xiamen Airlines jet overshot its runway during bad weather.