As international travel continues to recuperate from the pandemic, passengers flying out of Singapore’s Changi Airport will have to pay extra airport fees and levies from 1 November 2022.
The announcement was made on 15 September by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG), who informed that the surge in the charges were to be levied in 2018, but were held back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s more on the fee hike at Singapore’s Changi Airport
Variance in fees
Passengers taking flights originating from Changi pay a departure fee of S$52.30, which includes S$35.40 as passenger service and security fee (PSSF), S$6.10 as aviation levy and S$10.80 as airport development levy.
However, this is expected to see a hike from 1 November. The new charges total S$59.20 and include S$40.40 as PSSF, S$8 as aviation levy and S$10.80 as airport development levy. This amount is to continue till March 2023 after which it is expected to rise to S$62.20 from April 2023, and then to S$65.20 from April 2024.
The aviation levy amounts are directed to the air hub development and regulatory functions of CAAS. The authorities at CAAS are to utilise it for maintaining the airport and making the country a prime hub of international aviation in the post-pandemic era.
It is important to note that those who have booked tickets from Singapore before 1 November, are not required to pay this additional charge.
Charges for transit passengers and aircrafts
A Straits Times report mentions that in-transit passengers will see no hike in charges and will continue to pay the same S$9 as before.
According to a CNA report, the authorities announced, “The Landing, Parking and Aerobridge (LPA) charges for all flights operating at Changi Airport will increase by 2 per cent on 1 November 2022, and increase by another 1 per cent each year on 1 Apr 2023, and 1 Apr 2024, as earlier announced.”
The PSSF and LPA also go into upgrading the infrastructure. As travels resumed post-pandemic, Changi Airport reopened two new terminals which were shut in May 2020. While Terminal 4 began operations on 13 September 2022, Terminal 2 restarted on 29 May 2022. Operations are also slated to begin in Terminal 5 soon.
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This story was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore