HIA exit tax to help fund airport refurbishments

As the government curbs spending amid falling oil prices, the tax is seen as an alternate revenue stream to increase capacity and fund infrastructure improvements

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to charge new exit tax on passengers.
Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to charge new exit tax on passengers.

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) to charge new exit tax on passengers to fund airport refurbishments.

As the government curbs spending amid falling oil prices, the tax is seen as an alternate revenue stream to increase capacity and fund infrastructure improvements.

Qatar Airways informed travel agents that passengers exiting Qatar, via the airport, will soon be required to pay an additional $9.6 (QAR35) departure charge.

Doha News reported that on 28 August evening, HIA issued a statement confirming the fee: “The charge is in line with ICAO principles to support the development of world leading airports such as HIA to further increase the airport’s capacity and invest in new infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology to deliver world-class facilities for passengers.”

A new passenger facility charge for tickets issued on or after 30 August, and for any travel starting 1 December onwards, will be introduced, and will be automatically added to an individual’s plane ticket.

The tax applies to transit passengers who fly into and out of HIA within 24 hours, while infants under the age of two years without a seat would not be charged.

Exemptions also include transit passengers who do not require an aircraft change along with those who are involuntary re-routed.

In March, UAE officials announced that money collected from the new fee would improve Dubai’s airport infrastructure and capacity, and the Qatar exit tax is seen to be a similar measure.

The HIA tax is in line with several other countries which also charge exit taxes, including Australia, Germany, China, and the UK.
 

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