Domestic and international passengers may redeem the terminal fees from unused tickets at the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the MIAA said Wednesday.
As of Nov. 6, 2018, the unrefunded terminal fees amounted to P277,654,379.
The money is in a trust fund and will be refunded to passengers, according to MIAA.
There is a booth in departure areas of airports where passengers may claim the refund, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesperson Eric Apolonio said.
“Magpresent lang sila ng certificate na entitled sila for refund. May counter ang mga airports sa departure area ... Lahat ng airports. They can claim their refund,” Apolonio said in a separate interview with GMA News Online.
Domestic terminal fees remitted by Cebu Pacific and CebGo to MIAA totaled P172,333,700, while 18 international carriers remitted P105,320,679.
“The amount is kept by MIAA in a trust account and is distinct and separate from the agency’s corporate funds,” MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said in a statement.
“The money does not belong to MIAA. It will remain in the trust account until fully refunded to the passengers who own them,” Monreal noted.
The international terminal fees belong to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and non-OFW passengers.
To get the refund, an OFW must present a copy of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and the unused ticket, as well as identification cards.
Non-OFW passengers must have the ticket or proof of purchase and ownership, or a certificate from the airline that they were not able to take their flight, according to MIAA. —With a report by Joviland Rita/Ted Cordero/VDS, GMA News