Emirates, Cebu Pacific Remove Terminal Fee From OFW Airfares

Cebu Pacific, the largest airline in the Philippines, in cooperation with the Manila International Airport Authority, has started implementing order that exempts overseas Filipino workers from paying the International Passenger Service Charge, otherwise known as terminal fee at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

From April 27, 2017, OFWs returning to their overseas jobs on board Cebu Pacific do not need to pay the P550 fee that was previously incorporated in their airfare. To avail of the exemption, passengers booking through travel agencies need to present valid documents during time of purchase.

The introduction of International Passenger Service Charge in 2014 prompted Filipino expatriates, who are exempted from the fee, to still pay for it, as airlines automatically add the amount to the total cost of the air ticket. They, however, can receive a refund at the airport prior to departure back to their work abroad.

Those who prefer to use Cebu Pacific’s reservation hotlines or its website www.cebupacificair.com require the overseas employment certificate, and valid employment contract, recent payslip or company ID for those who are under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s Balik Manggagawa program. Bookings made through the Cebu Pacific mobile app and GetGo (points) redemption will allow exemptions soon.

“After months of working with the MIAA on the details, Cebu Pacific is very proud to be the first carrier to make available such a benefit for our OFWs. We are pleased to offer our kababayans working abroad the convenience of not having to go through a process of reimbursement for fees they are already exempted from under the Migrants Workers Act,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

Another airline to do so is Dubai-based Emirates, which said OFWs who book flights with them and hold a valid OEC are entitled to exemption of Philippine travel tax and IPSC charge.

Aside from Filipino expats, pilgrims with authorization from the Philippine Sports Commission, and guests who have been issued an MIAA exemption certificate (MEC) are also exempted from paying the fee, provided valid documents are presented.

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