Wednesday, January 28, 2009

01-28-09: Bacolod-Silay airport raising terminal fees to P200

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is raising fees and charges at the new Iloilo and Bacolod-Silay airports. Passengers will be paying a terminal fee of P200 compared to P30 in the past. The 660% increase in fees will be effective February 4, 2009.

According to the document, CAAP Board Resolution 08-015, they conducted public hearings and found the fees to be fair and reasonable. However, critics are complaining that notice of the hearing wasn't properly sent out to the public, with little or no media announcement. "Increasing fees are fine to pay for costs," said one business traveler. "But at the very least, can you make the security screeners look at the x-ray machine instead of chatting? It would make me feel at least they are doing something with my taxes and fees."

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