Starting April 2019, there will be a higher terminal fee for both international and domestic flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Aiport (NAIA).
According to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, the increase in the terminal fees will be used to get additional funds for the overall improvement as well as maintenance of the entire airport facilities.
“For international flights, from the previous P550, an additional P200 will be added and additional P100 for domestic flights so it will become P300,” says Monreal.
It is expected that the increase in the terminal fees will get implemented by the first quarter of 2019, approximately April 2019.
“We are already not included in the worst airport list and we need to sustain that,” says Monreal.
If we will also check, the terminal fees implemented in the Philippines is much lower compared to some of its neighboring countries.
In Singapore the terminal fee is P1,867; in Thailand it’s P1,174 and in Vietnam, it’s P742.
Same with Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the terminal fees for domestic and international flights cost P300 and P850 respectively.
While the terminal fees for international flights in Clark and Subic Airports costs P650 and P600, respectively.
“We are already far from the airports within Asia and other regions plus if we compare the terminal fees of other countries, we are a lot cheaper,” says Monreal.
The increase in the terminal fee will add at least one percent of the revenue of the airport.
“If you do not implement an increase, we will be expecting a deficit in the next couple of years,” Monreal added.
Monreal also explained that this hike will need to undergo several stages before it will become fully implemented.
Overseas Filipino Workers will still be exempted from paying terminal fees despite the coming terminal fee hike.