Tuesday, June 17, 2014

All Airports to Include Terminal Fees in Airline Tickets Soon

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Following the Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) move to incorporate terminal fees in passengers’ airline tickets upon purchase for less queuing time at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya has instructed other airport authorities to do the same.

“We want to improve passenger convenience at all our airports, not just through infrastructure and facilities upgrades, but also through more efficient business processes. I have asked the other airport authorities to follow MIAA’s lead,” said Abaya.

These bodies are the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), as well as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which operates the country’s airports besides NAIA, Cebu, and Clark.

“This development comes as we are developing several key airports across the country to accept more international flights, in support of our tourism goals. We are expanding Cebu and Clark, and at the same time, upgrading or replacing those in Puerto Princesa, Bohol, Bicol, and Caticlan,” Abaya added.

MIAA first integrated terminal fees for domestic flights on 1 August 2013, and is set to begin transitioning to an integrated system for international flights over a one-year period beginning in October this year until September 2015. The transition period is meant to cover those passengers who have purchased their tickets in advance.

NAIA Upgrades

The DOTC is presently undertaking major upgrading projects for NAIA, particularly Terminals 1 and 3. The Terminal 1 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.

Meanwhile, completion works for Terminal 3 is set to be finished next month, to pave the way for the transfer of Singapore Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and KLM from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 in August 2014. This will also help decongest Terminal 1 and allow more flexibility in the on-going rehabilitation efforts.

JICA Formally Recommends Sangley as New Gateway
Meanwhile, at its presentation to the DOTC and MIAA last Friday, 13 June 2014, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formally recommended Sangley Airport as the site for the country’s long-term international gateway. It will now begin working on a feasibility study, with the aim of inaugurating a new main airport by 2025. The DOTC, meanwhile, will still have to present the long-term gateway options to the President for approval, including the final location of Manila’s new gateway, as well as the fate of NAIA once a new airport is built.

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