New departure fee for Dubai airports
DUBAI // Airline passengers flying from Dubai are paying a Dh35 departure tax for all flights taking off after June 30.
Airlines began charging the exit fee on March 1, Dubai Media Office said on Wednesday, adding that it would help to fund Dubai airports’ infrastructure and support expansion.
These include Dubai International Airport’s recently opened Concourse D, and renovations and expansions to its Terminal 1 and 2 – all part of a Dh4.4billion investment to improve service and capacity.
Passengers under two years old, cabin crew and transit passengers departing on the same flight number on which they arrived are exempt.
Dubai’s departure fee is not unique. Other countries charging an exit tax include Australia, Germany, China and the UK.
The decision, approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, means airlines operating at Dubai airports are in charge of collecting the fee when they issue the tickets. The fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports, then to the Dubai Government public treasury.
It is estimated that 100 million passengers will pass through Dubai airports by 2023.
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 to get more people to use public transport.
Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international traffic, set a record in January when it was used by 7.3 million passengers, a 6.3 per cent year-on-year increase.
It overtook London’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport in 2014 .
Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said the airport had average monthly traffic of nearly 6.5 million passengers.
Updated: March 30, 2016 04:00 AM