P277.654-M unrefunded terminal fees intact - - Manila International Airport Authority

November 07, 2018

UNREFUNDED terminal fees remain intact to date.

Thus said Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, adding the amount is kept by MIAA in a trust account and is distinct and separate from the agency’s corporate funds.

“The money does not belong to MIAA. It will remain in the trust account until fully refunded to the passengers who own them,” Monreal said.

Citing records, Monreal said domestic terminal fees remitted to MIAA totals P172,333,700 and that the said amount came from Cebu Pacific/CebGo, covering unused tickets.

Meanwhile, P105,320,679 remitted to the MIAA by 18 international carriers pertain to international terminal fees left unrefunded by overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) and non-OFW passengers.

All in all, it was learned that the total amount remitted to MIAA by air carriers amount to P277,654,379 as of November 6, 2018, contrary to the P500 million stated in previous news reports.

Monreal said in order to get a refund, all that an OFW has to do is present a copy of his Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and ticket, among others.

On the other hand, non-OFW passengers with unused airline tickets may refund by showing their ticket or proof of purchase and ownership or certification from the airline that they were not able to take their flight.

Monreal said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has given the order to transfer the funds to the appropriate agency if directed by the authority vested with the mandate to decide on the matter.