Friday, February 26, 2010

Bacolod eyeing airport terminal fee discounts for seniors

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Bacolod City is planning to give a 20 percent terminal fee discount to senior citizens flying from its airport.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia made the request on Wednesday through a letter addressed to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Leonardia cited complaints from senior citizens who are disallowed from enjoying the 20 percent discount when they fly out of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Terminal, a report on news site Visayan Daily Star on Thursday said.

Since senior citizens get this discount when they buy their airfare, they should also be given the same benefit on their airport fees, he said.

The mayor argued the terminal fees also form part of their traveling expenses.

He also cited reports that the Mactan International Airport in Cebu grants a 20-percent discount on terminal fees for domestic senior citizen passengers flying out of its terminal.

Leonardia said he will follow up the matter with the office of the CAAP Director General.

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