MANILA, Philippines – The terminal fee at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for passengers taking international flights would go back to P550, or P200 less, starting February 1, 2012.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs chief Connie Bungag confirmed to Rappler that the reduced fee would be implemented as the Security Development Charge Program ends.
The 5-year program started in 2007, increasing terminal fee to P750 per passenger bound for destinations abroad.
Only overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were exempted from the increase.
Generating about P700 million annually, the program funded the acquisition of, among others, surveillance cameras and brand new x-ray machines that can detect drugs, bomb explosives and other organic materials.
In a phone interview, MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado told Rappler that the P200 security fee was only implemented in the Manila airport, currently the main gateway to the country. – Rappler.com