Palace: Terminal fee integration into airline tickets to push through Feb. 1

President Benigno S. Aquino III while inspecting the security arrangements and facilities at the domestic departure area, Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City in this Balita file photo taken last October to ensure the safety of the passengers.

President Benigno S. Aquino III while inspecting the security arrangements and facilities at the domestic departure area, Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City in this Balita file photo taken last October to ensure the safety of the passengers.

MANILA, Jan 10 (Mabuhay) – After a delay of several months, the integration of terminal fees into airline ticket prices will finally push through on Feb. 1, Malacañang said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the arrangement was initially supposed to start Jan. 15 but the Manila International Airport Authority delayed it two weeks.

“MIAA announced that beginning Feb. 1, terminal fees will be integrated into airline tickets… My information tells me it was supposed to be Jan. 15 but they moved it two weeks later,” she said on government-run dzRB radio.

Last Oct. 31, a Pasay City court issued a temporary restraining order against a plan to integrate the terminal fee into the prices of plane tickets.

Pro-overseas Filipino worker groups had assailed the Integrated Terminal Fee, saying it would violate Republic Act 10022, the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, which exempts migrant workers from paying terminal fees.

Other passengers exempted from paying the terminal fee are pilgrims endorsed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, and those authorized by the Office of the President.  (MNS)

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