By Staff writer
Crown Prince approves resolution to charge airline passengers to use Dubai's airport facilities
Dubai's Crown Prince has approved a resolution to introduce a fee of AED35 ($9.50) to be collected from passengers using the emirate's airports.
It was reported on Wednesday that Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has approved Executive Council Resolution No (8) of 2016.
Every passenger leaving the UAE from any of Dubai's airports, including transit passengers, will be charged AED35 as a service fee for using airport facilities, news agency WAM reported.
The resolution exempts passengers under two years of age, cabin crew from paying the fee in addition to transit passengers whose arrival and departure flight number is the same.
Airlines will be tasked with collecting the fee while issuing tickets for flights departing Dubai's airports after June 30.
The collected fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports, and subsequently to the Dubai government public treasury.
Last month, Dubai International, the world's number one hub for international passenger traffic, increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million with the opening of Concourse D.
The $1.2 billion investment aims to enhance service and boost capacity for the more than 70 international airlines that will operate from the facility.
The opening comes as operator Dubai Airports predicts that 85 million passengers will use Dubai International this year.
This is in top of an existing airport tax. Soon they will compete with LHR on the highest airport tax charged ......
So cabin crew will be exempt. But pilots will not?
what about UAE residents?