By Staff writer
Plans for new fee is approved by the Sharjah Executive Council; decision comes a week after Dubai approval
Sharjah International Airport has followed the lead of Dubai in approving plans to implement a new fee to be paid by passengers leaving the emirate.
A AED35 ($9.50) fee was approved during a meeting of the Sharjah Executive Council on Tuesday led by Sharjah's deputy ruler, Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, according to news agency WAM.
The fee mirrors the one announced by Dubai last week and will be charged to passengers transiting through or leaving the emirate via Sharjah International Airport. Children under the age of two and flight crews will be exempt.
Sharjah International Airport, the home of low-cost airline Air Arabia, opened a new runway in 2014 which is capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world.
On March 30, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, approved Executive Council Resolution No (8) of 2016 to bring in the fee at Dubai International Airport.
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.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.