The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Thursday said that airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will get 3.5 percent as service charge from the P550 terminal fee to be paid by their passengers when the inclusion of terminal fee in plane fares starts on July 31 this year.
On that date, the services of the air carriers will be engaged in the collection of the P550 international passenger service charge (IPSC) that will be included in the airline ticket price, the MIAA said.
“The airlines would be getting P150 million a year for the terminal fee integration and MIAA will absorb the 3.5-percent service fee,” MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado told a press briefing.
The MIAA had just concluded talks with air carriers plying international routes for the integration of the IPSC known as the terminal fee, in the price of airline tickets.
The integration, according to MIAA, will be implemented simultaneously by all airlines and “shall also cover passengers transiting Manila to any destination point.”
There are 36 airlines, three of them are locals (Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PhilExpress) operating at the NAIA.
The scheme shall recognize and honor all exemptions mandated by law, such as OFWs, Muslim pilgrims and national athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission as well as children ages two years and below.
Honrado said they will set up refund counters at the departure and arrival area.
However, some airlines were reluctant to sign of the memorandum of agreement with the MIAA.
Out of the 23 airlines that have signified their intention to sign up for the terminal fee integration, 17 have considered their positions and deferred the July 17 deadline, for the reason that their country managers, the Board of Airlines Representatives (BAR), have not yet reach a decision.
Honrado threatened that he will give the airlines a hard time if they fail to submit their intention to join the terminal fee integration.
“I will have to exercise my prerogative if they do not comply,” he said without elaborating.
But an airline official who requested anonymity said MIAA was acting like a dictator.
The official added that many airlines operating at the NAIA were discontented with the integration. “The exempted OFWs and other passengers including athletes will still have to line up to claim refunds and that will cause delay.”
The official added that the general manager should not threaten the airlines because, “we are their partners in business.”