• Chidozie Uzoezie

Dubai Airports to Introduce Airport Service Charge

Passengers exiting the United Arab Emirates from any of Dubai’s airports will now be charged a service fee of AED35 or roughly US$9.50, it was announced on Wednesday.

Under a new executive council resolution, all passengers – including transit travellers – will have to pay the fee for using airport facilities.

Only passengers below two years, cabin crew members and transit passengers whose arrival and departure flight number is the same will be exempted. 

Airlines operating in Dubai’s airports will collect the fee while issuing tickets, effective from March 1, 2016 for flights departing Dubai’s airports after June 30, 2016.

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,” a statement said.

It will also help support expansion projects such as the Concourse D at Dubai International Airport, the expansion of Terminal 2 and the renovation of Terminal 1.

The resolution is valid from the date of its publication in the official gazette.

Last week, Dubai Airports announced a massive expansion plan for the new Al Maktoum International Airport which will enable the facility to handle up to 26.5 million passengers per year by 2025.

The first phase of the extension will increase the built up area of the terminal from the existing 66,107 square metres to 145,926 sqm. This is set to be completed by June 2017.

Al Maktoum International Airport will eventually have the capacity to handle over 220 million passengers per year.

Meanwhile the new $1.2bn Concourse D opened at Dubai International last month, increasing the airport’s capacity from 75 million to 90 million.

Dubai International is currently the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic and welcomed 78 million visitors in 2015. Average monthly traffic stood at 6.5 million passengers last year.

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