DOT plans to integrate terminal fee to airplane tickets

admin   •   August 18, 2016   •   2468

DOT plans to integrate terminal fee to airplane tickets

DOT plans to integrate terminal fee to airplane tickets

 

Major airlines companies have agreed to the integration of the terminal fee into departing passengers’ airline ticket payments.

This transpired during the consultation meeting attended by officials of the Civil Aviation Authority and airline executives.

Under the plan, the domestic passenger service charge commonly known as terminal fee, will be collected by the airlines as part of ticket payment.

This is pursuant to the agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track the processes and systems in government.

“Once we integrate the terminal fee to the plane ticket paid by passengers, long queues and delays will be lessen when we visit the airport,” DOT spokesperson Ina Zara-Loyola said in a phone interview.

The tourism department is now coordinating with the private sector for the said plan.

The DOT also encourages the local air carriers and CAAP board to agree with the terms and conditions in the memorandum of agreement.

“Once the moa is signed, we will implement it most probably and hopefull by October. We just need to count 30 days and we will make the IRR and we can implement it,” Zara-Loyola said.

Local carriers include Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Sea Air, Sky Jet, Air Juan, and Air Asia.

There are 81 CAAP terminals but only a few implement the integration of terminal fee in the plane tickets.

Once the moa is approved, it will be fully implemented in all the airport in the country. — Mon Jocson / UNTV News & Rescue

DOT announces Boracay now open to youths, seniors from Western Visayas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2020

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced that young and senior tourists from Western Visayas are now allowed to visit Boracay Island.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Boracay will reopen for tourists, ages below 21 and above 60, from Western Visayas.

“This move aims to further reinvigorate the tourism economy in the region and address the earlier clamor of Boracay tourism stakeholders to attract more tourists to the island,” she said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday (July 23) approved the DOT’s recommendation to lift the ban on tourists below 21 and above 60 on Boracay island.

Puyat assured the government will continue to put the safety of the public first and will strictly implement health and safety protocol as the island reopens. She also noted that there were no reported coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the island.

“The DOT will always put paramount concern on the safety of our people — tourists and residents alike,” she said. AAC

DOT mandates maximum of double occupancy for hotels under ‘new normal’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2020

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has mandated hotels and other tourism-related accommodations to only have a maximum of double occupancy as part of the ‘new normal’.

According to DOT Usec. Arturo Boncato, they will limit the occupancy or capacity of hotel accommodations up to two persons per room. This also includes limiting the number of customers in restaurants.

“DOT will be mandating a maximum of double occupancy for all of the hotels. And for restaurants starting with 50% occupancy in terms of operations for in-dining,” he said.

The Tourism Department said they will release the set of policies to be implemented once the operation of tourism-related establishments resume under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Other safety measures include regular sanitation and disinfection, supply of sanitation/disinfecting provisions for workers; regular inspection of health and safety standards being implemented. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Over 1,000 stranded tourists across the Philippines return home

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 4, 2020

Over 1,000 stranded tourists in various destinations in the country have returned home, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in a statement said that the groups arrived from various local airports on seven sweeper flights arranged by the DOT.

“A total of 1,049 distressed travelers reached Manila in succeeding schedules. On Friday, 180 tourists arrived from Puerto Princesa, 60 from El Nido and 144 from Boracay,” the DOT said in a statement.

DOT-NCR Regional Director Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr. said the returning tourists were subjected to rapid anti-body testing at the airport. He also reported that none of them tested positive for the coronavrus disease (COVID-19).

“To date, the DOT has assisted some 22,264 foreign visitors and 2,505 local tourists stranded in the past month-and-half under ECQ,” the DOT said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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