Domestic tickets, terminal fees to be merged for easier payments

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(File photo) The Civil Aviation Authority — which manages all the country's airports except NAIA, Cebu, and Clark -- will soon integrate the domestic terminal fee with airline tickets. For airline passengers, that's one less queue to make.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Domestic passengers at Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) airports will no longer line up to pay the terminal fee - that's because it will soon be made part of their plane ticket price, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday.

The CAAP manages all airports besides the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Clark International Airport, and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Collecting the terminal fee, also known as the domestic passenger service charge, as part of the ticket payment will help reduce long lines and delays at airport terminals.

"We are working together with the different airlines and our partner government agencies in making it easier for the traveling public. And we do that by integrating the various fees that are collected," DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon said in a statement.

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According to the DOT, major airlines have already agreed "in principle" to the fee integration during a meeting with airline executives, the DOT, and the CAAP.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Sea Air, Sky Jet, Air Juan, and Air Asia are expected to submit their draft agreements to the DOT next week.

If the plan is approved, the fee integration would be implemented in all 38 commercial terminals managed by the CAAP.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority have included domestic terminal fees in ticket payments since 2013.

The MIAA's international terminal fee, on the other hand, is already integrated with ticket payments since October 2014.

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