THE Department of Transportation announced that returning overseas Filipino workers, whose tickets were purchased abroad, will be exempted from paying terminal fee by March 2017.
During the “Kapihan sa Manila Hotel” organized by Samahang Plaridel yesterday morning, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said airlines have agreed in principle to automatically exempt OFWs who purchased abroad their return tickets to the Philippines from paying terminal fee.
Currently, the P550 terminal fee of returning OFWs are integrated with their ticket fee, and is refunded through MIAA refund counters in Philippine airports.
Monreal explained that the exemption will be fully implemented by March 2017 to give airlines time to update their programs and systems for this policy.
Monreal said the MIAA is now coordinating the technical details with the international airlines to eliminate the terminal fee which somehow causes inconvenience to millions of OFWs.
The airport fee or the International Passenger Service Charge was imposed by former NAIA General Manager Angel Honrado.
The DoTr, MIAA and airline companies have yet to enter into a memorandum of understanding to formalize the agreement.
The total collection of the airport fee which was imposed on February 2015 has totaled to over P1 billion and half of the amount remained unclaimed by some OFWs.
The unclaimed collection is now in the general fund of the NAIA.
Monreal said the OFWs can still claim the P500 refund by just presenting E-ticket, boarding pass and passport.