Starting August 1, airline companies will integrate domestic terminal fees in the fares.
This, according to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas, will "remove the need to line up one more time in airports," he said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
At current, airline passengers fall in line to check in at various Philippine airports, and then join in another queue to pay the terminal fee, before the final checking at the airport gates. Only the Philippines practice this scenario, primarily for accounting requirements of the government.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado however clarified that senior citizens, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and others who are exempted from paying the terminal fees will need to comply with the new system, but get a refund later.
Terminal fees are intended for the expansion, maintenance, and development of the airports. At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), terminal fee for domestic passengers costs P200, while overseas-bound passengers pay P750.