Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer be queuing for refund of terminal fees starting March next year.
This was disclosed by General Manager Ed Monreal of the Manila International Airport Authority during the Samahang Plaridel news forum at Manila Hotel on Monday.
The P550 terminal fee, known as the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), is included in the airline ticket upon purchased whether in airline ticket offices or bought online.
The IPSC was imposed by the Aquino administration purportedly to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) pre-departure areas.
The Filipino workers can claim their refund upon departure at the airport terminals.
Monreal, according to recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani, said his office is finishing technical details with international airlines to eliminate the obnoxious fee that has been opposed by millions of OFWs all over the world.
The terminal fee was also opposed by both Houses of Congress that passed strong resolutions urging the former administration to stop collection of the fee.
Airport sources said more than a billion pesos has been collected since the inclusion of the terminal fee in the airline ticket and half of this amount remains unclaimed by some OFWs, making it part of the general fund of the NAIA.
Monreal said his office is ready to give the refund to those who have not been able to get their money as long as the OFWs possess the e-ticket, boarding pass and passport regardless of the date they were purchased or stamped.
“Anytime they [OFWs] can [ask for the]refund as long as they present the usual requirements,” he added.