PASAY CITY, Nov. 7 — Unrefunded terminal fees remain intact to date according to Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.
“The amount is kept by MIAA in a trust account and is distinct and separate from the agency’s corporate funds. The money does not belong to MIAA. It will remain in the trust account until fully refunded to the passengers who own them,” said the airport chief.
GM Monreal said that domestic terminal fees remitted to MIAA totals 172,333,700 million pesos. This amount came from Cebu Pacific/CebGo and covers unused tickets.
Meanwhile, 105,320,679 million pesos remitted to MIAA by eighteen (18) international carriers pertain to international terminal fees left unrefunded by OFW and non-OFW passengers.
Together, the total amount remitted to MIAA by air carriers amount to 277,654,379 million pesos as of November 6, 2018. This is contrary to the 500 million pesos which came out in news reports earlier this week.
OFWs only need to present their copy of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and ticket among others, to refund.
On the other hand, non-OFW passengers with unused airline tickets may refund by showing their ticket or proof of purchase and ownership or certification from the airline that they were not able to take their flight.
GM Monreal said that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has given the order to transfer the funds to the appropriate agency if directed by the authority vested with the mandate to decide on the matter. (MIAA)