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Gov’t defers collection of landing, parking fees from airlines due to COVID-19

Philippine aviation regulators have decided to defer the collection of take-off, landing, and parking fees from local airlines to cushion the impact of coronavirus on the industry.

Philippine aviation regulators have decided to defer the collection of take-off, landing, and parking fees from local airlines to cushion the impact of coronavirus on the industry.

Airlines are struggling to fill seats due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Carmelo Arcilla, executive director of Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said the airlines are being hit heavily by the COVID-19 in terms of low passenger traffic and and overall dam Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said they collect P58 million monthly from these fees.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which manages secondary airports, on the other hand, collects P13 million a month from local airlines.

Monreal said passenger traffic in NAIA declined by 30 percent, while flight frequency fell by 25 percent in February.

Last year, the country’s domestic passenger traffic reached 29.53 million, up from 27.28 million in 2018.

International passenger traffic reached 30.52 million compared to 26.85 million.

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