Clark International Airport Corporation had begun negotiations with the Department of Tourism to impose a waiver on travel tax currently enforced in Clark International Airport. “We are coordinating with the DOT about the possibility of imposing a moratorium on the imposition of travel tax here in CRK. If DOT agrees to the proposed moratorium, passengers will be encouraged to fly through Clark,” as stated by the president of CIAC, Emidgio Tanjuatco.

This comes as a surprise considering the fact that the travel tax in Clark is higher than that in NAIA. Even though Clark International Airport was designed to accommodate 4 million people, it only served 2.4 million passengers in 2013. The numbers depressingly and recently dropped down to a mere 877,757 passengers in 2014. The travel tax covers Filipino citizens, permanent resident and non-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for at least a year.

Flight-Schedule-600x400Before passengers depart in Clark International Airport, the travel tax which is specifically meant only for the airport requires them to pay R2700 for first class passenger trips or R1620 for economy passengers. The DOT in one of their meetings with CRK stakeholders expressively hoped that the proposal should be elevated to the President because of the financial and legal implications the plan will affect.



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