Philippines-based airline Cebu Pacific has updated its booking systems to allow customers to travel through Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) without paying a terminal fee.
Airline passengers at NAIA will now be exempt from the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) irrespective of how they book their flights.
The new initiative will primarily benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who travel through Cebu Pacific to reach their job sites.
Cebu Pacific corporate affairs vice-president Atty JR Mantaring said: “Through these system upgrades, we hope to make it easier and more convenient for our OFWs to book flights with Cebu Pacific; and not have to go through a tedious and time-consuming process of reimbursing the NAIA Terminal Fee that they have been long-exempted from under the Migrant Workers Act.”
Since 8 July, NAIA passengers using Cebu Pacific's app have been able to avoid the terminal fee exemption by ticking a box before booking their flight.
Flights booked through the Cebu Pacific Reservation Hotlines or through the company website are also exempt from the terminal fee.
However, airline customers will need to present valid documents while checking into the airport in order to verify their eligibility for the IPSC exemption.
OFWs will need to present their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), a valid employment contract, a recent payslip, or a company ID.
Besides OFWs, the fee can also be waived by passengers who carry authorisation from the Philippine Sports Commission or an MIAA exemption certificate (MEC).