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Saudi Arabia set to introduce new $23 air passenger tax

Fees will be levied on all carriers operating in the kingdom from January 1 - report

Saudi Arabia set to introduce new $23 air passenger tax
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Passengers flying in and out of airports in Saudi Arabia are to be hit with a SR87 ($23) tax from January 1, it has emerged.

Arabic daily Al Hayat reported that Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority has decided to introduce the new fees for all international inbound and outbound passengers.

The fees are to be levied on all carriers operating in the kingdom, and the amount is to be reviewed every three years in line with inflation, according to official sources.

Any carrier that fails to pay the fees will be subject to penalities, the sources added.

It is not clear whether the SR87 fee replaces, or is in addition to, a current fee of SR50 already charged on international passengers flying in and out of Saudi Arabia.

At present, transit passengers are exempt from those fees unless they leave the plane to use airport facilities, it was reported.

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