Cathay Pacific, other airlines, remit P13.7M in unrefunded terminal fees

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Cathay turned over over P5 million in unrefunded NAIA terminal fees (Photo from Cathay Pacific)

Cathay Pacific and five other airlines remitted a total of P13.74 million worth of unrefunded Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal fees, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said today (July 16).

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said he was elated after the six airlines turned over the unrefunded terminal fees collected they collected from overseas Filipino workers.

Monreal said Cathay Pacific turned over a total amount of P5,017,650; Singapore Airlines gave P4,301,550 (for the period of February 2015 to March 2016); Kuwait Airways turned over P1,942,600 (for February 2015 to December 2016); KLM Royal Dutch Airlines gave P1,081,850 (February 2016 to June 2017); Ethiopian Airlines remitted P92,400 (June 2015 to April 2016); and Qatar Airways gave P1,308,450 (February 2015 to December 2015).

As of July 13, Monreal said the MIAA had collected a total of P259,355,329 in unrefunded NAIA terminal fees from different airlines. The money will be kept in a special escrow account.

Monreal said passengers of these airlines “with unused tickets and flight dates that fall on the mentioned periods” may claim their refund from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at the MIAA Collection Office located on the ground floor of the MIAA Administration Building infront of NAIA Terminal 2.

OFWs or their representatives may claim the refund and there is no deadline, Monreal said, adding that claimants should bring their boarding pass, airline ticket, copy of passport, and overseas employment certificate (OEC).

Besides these documents, representatives of OFWs should also bring an authorization letter, he said.

“Our OFWs are our modern heroes for helping our country’s economy to grow through their remittances. We want to help them,” Monreal added.

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