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Minister of Civil Aviation Announces Fees for Passengers Departing from Egyptian Airports

Minister of Civil Aviation Announces Fees for Passengers Departing from Egyptian Airports

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On Wednesday morning Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation Minister Younis al-Masry announced a decision to collect fees from passengers departing Egyptian airports, whether they be foreign or domestic flights.

These fees, to be collected in US dollars or their local equivalent, would be imposed in exchange for various services offered at Egyptian airports starting from 15 November 2019, according to al-Masry al-Youm.

US$25 are to be collected from every passenger departing on scheduled flights and charter flights.

For passengers boarding domestic flights a service fee of $5 is to be charged.

Al-Masry also stated that passengers would be requested to pay $2 at Egyptian airports and $4 at Sharm el-Sheikh airport, fees to contribute towards the development of airport security systems and procedures.

The minister also decided to increase the landing and parking fees by 15 percent.

Back in March, the Civil Aviation Ministry announced in a statement that from November 2019, it would increase by $5 a fee it collects indirectly from passengers departing Egyptian airports.

While the ministry did not clarify how this fee will be charged and collected, historic trends suggest that it will be incorporated in airline ticket prices.

These various new charges come as part of a broader developmental plan intended to improve airport infrastructure, lounges, runways as well as logistic and entertainment services across Egypt’s airports.

Immediate and medium-term plans to develop and improve efficiency are currently underway at Cairo International Airport as well as another set for the long-term, according to a statement by Chairman of Cairo Airport Company Ahmed Fawzy.

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