OFWs won’t have to pay terminal fees starting March 2017

  • OFWs will be exempted from paying airport terminal fees
  • They may also refund the terminal fees that they have already paid in previously booked trips
  • OFWs just have to present their passport and their tickets to the airport management

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) would be exempted from paying airport terminal fees starting March next year.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal made this announcement at a news forum in Manila Hotel on Monday.

“Airlines have already agreed in principle, so, hopefully by March 2017, OFWs will now be exempted from paying terminal fee,” an article posted on Sun Star quoted the MIAA executive.

Currently, the terminal fee of P500 is included in the add-on fees of OFWs when they purchase tickets from foreign airlines. They may reimburse this amount when they reach Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

But due to the tight schedules of OFWs, they fail to refund the amount. A story by PhilStar said the NAIA has a billion-peso worth of amount available for refund to returning migrant workers. This remains in the general fund of the country’s main airport.

OFWs may still claim their share of this amount as long as they still have the copy of their purchased tickets years ago, along with their passports.

Aside from this, Monreal also reported another development in the airport.

Starting the first quarter of 2017, congestion at the NAIA terminals will be reduced as the Communication and Navigation System (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) would then be in operation after a long delay.

“The government had constructed 12 radar stations across the Philippines as adjunct to the CNS/ATM to monitor each arriving and departing flight, and these would greatly speed up the landing and takeoff, contributing to the efficiency of the NAIA,” PhilStar quoted Tamayo.