Announced just yesterday, passengers flying out of Singapore’s Changi Airport will have to pay extra airport charges and levies from November 1, 2022. Here’s what we know about the hike in Changi airport charges.
The announcement was made on September 15, 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.
Hike in Changi airport charges
Variance in fees
Passengers taking flights originating in Changi pay a departure fee of SGD 52.30, which includes SGD 35.40 as passenger service and security fee (PSSF), SGD 6.10 as aviation levy and SGD 10.80 as airport development levy.
However, this is expected to see a hike from November 1. The new charges total SGD 59.20 and include SGD 40.40 as PSSF, SGD 8 as aviation levy and SGD 10.80 as airport development levy. This amount is to continue till March 2023 after which it is expected to rise to SGD 62.20 from April 2023 and then to SGD 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 November 1, 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 SGD 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 Nov 1, 2022, and increase by another 1 per cent each year on Apr 1, 2023, and Apr 1, 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 September 13, 2022, Terminal 2 restarted on May 29, 2022. Operations are also slated to begin in Terminal 5 soon.
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This article first appeared on Travel + Leisure India.