CAAP terminates airport staff in terminal fee ticket scam

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — At least 11 Kalibo International Airport (KIA) personnel have been sacked by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for their alleged involvement in a scam to pocket payments for recycled terminal fee tickets.

In a statement on Wednesday (May 18), CAAP said the erring staff issued used terminal fee tickets to passengers and pocketed the payments. Each domestic passenger pays a terminal fee of P200 while those taking international flights are charged P750.

CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration Artemio Orozco dismissed eight terminal fee collectors, two terminal fee inspectors, and one flight data encoder who were allegedly involved in the racket.

According to Orozco, CAAP’s Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) found proof that the group was involved in the terminal fee ticket recycling scam in January and February this year. He did not say, however, what triggered the investigation.

Aside from terminating their contracts, the agency will also file criminal complaints against the dismissed personnel.

Another terminal fee collector also suspected of involvement in the scam has been suspended pending investigation by the CSIS, Orozco said.

“A show cause order has been issued to the regular employee who works as a terminal fee collector at the airport,” Orozco said.

He added, the CSIS is probing deeper “to determine how long the modus operandi has been going on at the KIA.”

CAAP Director General William K. Hotchkiss lll directed his deputy, Rodante S. Joya, to conduct a continuous investigation of the scam.

CAAP is looking at the possibility that the group has been involved in the modus operandi for several months or possibly years, taking away a substantial amount of earnings from the KIA.

The CAAP statement, however, did not say how much the group was able to collect.

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