TACLOBAN CITY-Passengers using the Tacloban airport have to shell out an additional P50 from the current terminal fee starting June 1, this year.
Antonio Alfonso, area manager of the Civil Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) which runs the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport, said that the increase of the terminal fee to P150 was necessary considering of the ongoing repair at the said facility.
“This is actually the third and last tranche of the (proposed) increased for our terminal fee,” Alfonso said.
The first increase of the terminal fee at the DZR Airport was imposed on July 1, 2013 from the previous P30 to P75 then followed on June 1, 2014 and now from its current P100 to P150 which will take effect on June 1.
Alfonso said that the increase was a result of a public consultation conducted by the CAAP together with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) sometimes in 2012 for a staggered increase on terminal fee at the DZR Airport, which suffered extensive damaged during the onslaught of Super typhoon “Yolanda” on November 8, 2013.
The new rate was by virtue of Circular Number 09-13 approved by CAAP Director General William, Hotchkiss III.
Notices of the increased were placed inside and outside of the terminal building.
Alfonso said that the with an increase terminal fee, the passengers could expect a better service and accommodation at the terminal building which was recently renovated after it was damaged during the onslaught of Yolanda.
“Our terminal building is now far better compare to pre- Yolanda years,” the CAAP area manager said.
For passenger Meniang Santos, she finds the P150 terminal fee as “reasonable.”
“I think the money that they collect from us passengers will be use to further improve the airport. Right now, the terminal building is now spacious with more than enough seats. The area’s air conditioning system is also better now,” Santos said.
The terminal fee is one of the sources of income of the CAAP in Tacloban.
Last year, it generated an income of P34.53 million from the terminal fee and P16.3 million as of April of this year.
DZR, considered the premier airport of Eastern Visayas, has 12 daily flights covering the Manila and Cebu routes with more than a million passengers.