Here’s an update! Overseas Filipinos (OFs) in the UAE can now pay the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC), commonly known as ‘Terminal Fee’, right at the point of booking and no longer need to queue up at counters when they book their flights with Cebu Pacific.
Cebu Pacific has integrated the DPSC into the cost of its tickets for all domestic flights operating out of airports managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The integration of the terminal fee DPSC across all booking systems of Cebu Pacific took effect on September 15, 2017.
Integration of the terminal fee into fares is expected to benefit around one million OFs residing in the UAE.
CAAP-managed airports include all domestic terminals across the Philippines, except for Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport and Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan (Boracay).
Depending on the airport, CAAP terminal fees range from PHP50.00 to PHP200.00. Passengers who are merely transiting through the 33 CAAP-managed airports are exempted from paying the DPSC.
Manila International Airport Authority and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority have included domestic terminal fees for Manila and Cebu airports in ticket payments since 2013.
The integration of the DPSC into CEB fares was made possible through the implementation by CAAP of Memorandum Circular 02-17 last September 1, 2017. Under the new directive, the DPSC would be paid to Cebu Pacific then remitted to CAAP.
In its efforts to offer convenience to its passengers, CEB has also updated all its booking systems to ensure that passengers who are exempt from the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can avail of this regardless of how they book their flights on Cebu Pacific.
Since July 8, 2017, passengers who book their flights through the Cebu Pacific mobile app have been able to claim the NAIA Terminal Fee exemption by simply ticking a box before booking and payment is processed and confirmed.
Cebu Pacific passengers have also been given the option to pay for the Travel Tax on international flights of PHP1,620.00, plus a handling fee of PHP80.00 when they book their flights online via www.cebupacificair.com, or through any Cebu Pacific ticket office.
Passengers who are exempt from the tax, or are eligible for reduced Travel Tax, on the other hand, can still book, pay and confirm their flights on Cebu Pacific, but will need to present valid tax exemption documents upon check-in.