DOT: Airlines agree to integrate terminal fees with air tickets


MANILA — Major airlines in the country “have agreed in principle” on the integration of domestic airport terminal fee in the cost of local airline tickets, the Department of Tourism (DOT) revealed on Thursday.

This came up during the third consultation meeting attended by officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) and airline executives at the DOT main office in Makati City on Wednesday.

Under the plan, the domestic passenger service charge (DPSC), commonly known as terminal fee, will be collected by the airlines as part of ticket payment in an effort to avoid long queues and delays at airport terminals.

DOT Undersecretary for Development Planning Benito Bengzon Jr., who chaired the exploratory talks between DOT, CAAP and the airlines, said the integration scheme is pursuant to the 10-point agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“He has mentioned time and again the importance of facilitating processes and systems in government,” Bengzon said in a press release. PNA