Got a multitude of upcoming trips next year? Planning ontraveling in April 2019 or beyond? Guess what? Skyscanner Philippines has an essential, must-know piece of information for those who are traveling via NAIA in 2019. And, while it’s not a viral-worthy or mind –blowing news story, it may come in handy when planning trips for next year.
In October 30, 2018, the local authorities in the Philippines pitched an idea, to prevent a potential budget deficit in NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) for the next five years. That proposal or idea was to increase the current NAIA terminal fee by PHP 200 for international flights and PHP 100 for local or domestic flights. After a public meeting and hearing, the suggestion was easily and instantly approved.
The increase in NAIA terminal fee will take effect on April 2019. Here the new NAIA terminal fees:
- International flights: PHP 750 from PHP 550
- Domestic flights: PHP 300 from PHP 200
We know what you’re thinking. Truthfully, this news story doesn’t seem music to the ears to budget traveler. But, at least, the impending NAIA terminal fee is a little cheaper when compared to the rates in some of the country’s local airports.
For instance, the Mactan Cebu International Airport charges PHP 300 for local flights and PHP 850 for international flights. The Clark International Airport, meanwhile, has terminal fees of PHP 150 or local flights and PHP 650 for international flights. And, besides, the NAIA price hike will help improve the airport’s services and facilities.
According to MIAA’s (Manila International Airport Authority) general manager, Ed Montreal, the NAIA terminal fee increase will also contribute to the airport’s gross revenues. The MIAA, every year, earns around 4 billion pesos, and one-third of their earnings come from the NAIA terminal fees.
Is anyone exempted from the NAIA terminal fee hike?
Of course, OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) won’t have to spend a centavo for NAIA terminal fees since they are literally exempted from paying them. In addition to our hard-working OFWs, there are others who are exempted from paying the NAIA terminal fee, including:
- People who are authorized by the Office of the President
- Pilgrims endorsed by the NCMF (National Commission on Muslim Filipinos)
- Athletes endorsed by the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission)
Just look on thebright side, folks!
A few years ago, the MIAA integrated the NAIA terminal fees into the cost of airline tickets. So far, it has been a terrific move, significantly lightening the congestion dilemma of the departure areas of airport’s terminals.
In short, the NAIA terminal price hike will probably deliver some positive changes and make things easier on the end of some travelers. And let’s be real, PHP 100 and PHP 200 won’t leave a huge dent to your travel expenses, anyway.