By Benjamin Lim Vergara
THE Manila International Airport Authority has increased the international and domestic flights terminal fee to enable the country’s premier airport to cope with the rising cost of operations and improvements.
This after the MIAA board decided to approve the minimal fee increase following public hearings.
MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the terminal fee adjustment would be implemented in the second quarter next year since the last time the management increased terminal fees was 1999.
“Historically, maliit lang ang terminal fee sa NAIA, mataas sa Cebu at Clark airports (our terminal fee is lesser than Cebu and Clark airports),” Monreal said during the Kapihan with Art held at the NAIA terminal 1 on Wednesday, adding that it is necessary in order to maintain and improve the facilities.
According to Monreal, the NAIA terminal fee is cheapest compared to Mactan Cebu International Airport which charged international passengers with PhP850, and PhP300 for the domestic passengers. Subic Bay International Airport the rate is PhP650 for international and PhP150 for domestic. At Clark International Airport, its terminal fee is PhP600 for international while PhP150 for domestic.
The NAIA terminal fee hike for international flights (International Passenger Service Charge) will be PhP200 thus increasing the IPSC from PhP550 to PhP750, and for domestic flights, the rate increase is PhP100 thus raising the present PhP200 rate to PhP300. The increase will take effect in April 2019.
The terminal fee hike, Monreal stressed, is also to cover the airport operational expenses such as on infrastructures and service improvements, and other expenses. The new terminal fees will also be included in the plane tickets and paid by the airlines.
The airport chief pointed out that the proposed adjustment is also part of the airport’s rehabilitation plan.
NAIA has history of international terminal fee increases – from April 1, 1993, was PhP250 and it increased to PhP300; then to PhP500 in April 1, 1994, and in April 1, 1999 it raised to PhP550.
While the domestic flights, MIAA charged passengers from PhP100 to PhP200 in September 2005.
Monreal said terminal fee exemptions are still in effect to overseas Filipino workers, athletes, children below two years old, and government officials with official travel.