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End to local airport terminal fees for OFWs soon


DUBAI – There’s more good news for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) travelling to or within the Philippines.

Beginning on April 30, OFWs will be exempted from paying the P550 local airport terminal fee that is charged along with their airline ticket purchase.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday signed an agreement with representatives of 40 airlines in Manila to formally waive the terminal fee.

The fee was collected from all customers, including OFWs, starting in February 2015 after the Department of Transportation and Communications began collecting fees through airline companies, which in turn included the fee in every online ticket sale.

According to MIAA, exemptions will be done in two phases, with the first phase to start on April 30 for OFWs buying their tickets from ticketing agents.

Those who will purchase their airline tickets online will get an exemption starting on July 31, when all airlines are expected to comply with the Philippine government decision.

In the UAE, Emirates airline has already removed the airport terminal fee on online ticket purchases.

To get a local airport terminal fee exemption, OFWs need to present any of the following: Overseas Employment Certificate, valid work visa or work permit, valid employment contract, current employment certificate, valid company ID or recent pay slip.


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