New fee for all passengers using Dubai airports
Passengers flying out of one of Dubai’s airports will have to pay a fee, according to Dubai Media Office. The AED35 charge per person is for using airport facilities, and will be collected by individual airlines when issuing tickets.
Dubai Media Office linked to a statement issued on the Crown Prince’s website, confirming that His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has approved the fee.
The new charge applies to all flights booked after March 1 2016, for all flights departing Dubai’s airports from June 30 2016. According to the statement, “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.”
However, there are some exclusions. Passengers under two and cabin crew will be exempt from the fee. You also won’t have to pay if you are a transit passenger with the same flight number for arrival and departure.
This new airport charge has been brought in to help finance the expansion of Dubai International Airport, as well as Al Matoum International Airport at Dubai World Central.
The statement reads: “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.”
But before you start thinking there will be an entry fee for passengers entering the airport, it will be a lot smoother than that. The AED35 fee will be collected from airlines at the booking stage, similar to how the existing AED75 passenger fee is currently collected with the ticket cost.