New departure fee for Dubai airports

DUBAI // Passengers flying from Dubai are now being charged Dh35 for the use of airport facilities. Airlines began charging the new exit fee in ticket prices on March 1 for flights departing from all Dubai airports after June 30. Dubai Media Office announced the introduction of the tariff on Wednesday. It said the fee […]

DUBAI // Passengers flying from Dubai are now being charged Dh35 for the use of airport facilities.

Airlines began charging the new exit fee in ticket prices on March 1 for flights departing from all Dubai airports after June 30.

Dubai Media Office announced the introduction of the tariff on Wednesday. It said the fee would help fund Dubai airports’ infrastructure and support expansion plans.

These include Dubai International Airport’s recently opened Concourse D, as well as renovations and expansions to its Terminal 1 and 2 — all part of a US$1.2 billion investment to enhance service and capacity.

Passengers under two years old, cabin crew, and transit passengers departing on the same flight number they arrived on will be exempt from paying the fee.

Dubai’s departure fee is not unique, with several other countries charging an exit tax, including Australia, Germany, China and the UK.

The decision, approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, states airlines operating at Dubai airports are in charge of collecting the fee while they issue the tickets, whether in the UAE or overseas. The collected fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports, and subsequently to the Dubai Government public treasury.

“The resolution aims to improve Dubai’s airport infrastructure and boost its capacity, which is set to reach 100 million passengers by 2023, as well as support expansion projects such as the state-of-the-art Concourse D at Dubai International Airport, the expansion of Terminal 2 and the renovation of Terminal 1,” stated the announcement.

“This resolution is effective from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.”

The fee is the latest to be introduced or reviewed by Dubai. The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority recently doubled on-street parking fees in some areas of the city in an attempt to get more people to use public transport.

Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international traffic, set a record in January with 7.3 million passengers using the airport, a 6.3 per cent year-on-year increase.

Dubai overtook London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport in 2014 .

Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said the airport had an average monthly traffic of nearly 6.5m passengers.

tsubaihi@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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