Starting October 2014, International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) commonly known as terminal fees will be incorporated in the price of the ticket to reduce queuing time at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Long Queue at NAIA Terminal 1
This new policy was finalized after series of talks between the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and International air carrier representatives. MIAA is positive that the recent integration of the terminal fees into airline tickets will help address the congestion problem for departing passengers at NAIA, and will free up a sizeable area since the existing terminal fee counters will be removed.
This has been long overdue, In fact our neighboring countries are no longer collecting terminal fees at the airport. The Memorandum of agreement states that the IPSC will be integrated by default in the tickets, whether purchased online or through ticketing offices or travel agents.
The P 550.00 IPSC collected by MIAA is essential to the continued operations of the airport. Out of this amount, P 390.00 is MIAA’s share for maintenance and upkeep, P 100.00 goes to the National Government, and P 60.00 is for aviation security.
At present, DOTC is presently upgrading NAIA, particularly Terminals 1 and 3. The NAIA Terminal 1 is undergoing Rehabilitation project which entails structural retrofitting, architectural works, and improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities, is scheduled for completion in January 2015.
DOTC also added that the project completion works for Terminal 3 is set to be finished next month, to pave the way for the transfer of five (5) airlines from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 by August 2014, namely: Singapore Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and KLM Airlines.