Dubai imposes new airport-service fee on departing passengers

Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved Executive Council Resolution No (8) of 2016 pertaining to the collection of fees from passengers using airport facilities in Dubai.

As per the resolution, every passenger leaving the UAE from any of Dubai’s airports, including transit passengers, will be charged Dh35 as a service fee for using airport facilities.

The resolution exempts passengers below two years and cabin crew from paying the fee, in addition to transit passengers whose arrival and departure flight number is the same.

Airlines to add the fee to tickets

Airlines operating in Dubai airports are tasked with collecting the fee while issuing tickets, whether in the UAE or outside the country, effective 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, 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.

This resolution is valid from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Source: WAM

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