Passengers either in transit through, or departing from Abu Dhabi airport will have to pay a fee of Dh35 (US$9.53) from the beginning of next month.
The approval of the extra charge comes only months after Sharjah and Dubai agreed similar hikes of Dh35 on its airport passengers. According to the Arabic daily newspaper, Al Ittihad, the service fee will apply to most passengers departing and transiting. The exception to the charge will be children aged under two or those who transit with the same airline crew and flight number. The revenue will be collected from the airlines by Abu Dhabi Airports, the government-owned operator of five airports.
Abu Dhabi International is the UAE’s second busiest airport and is home to Etihad Airways, third biggest carrier in the Middle East. The added charge comes on top of a Dh75 ($20.42) service fee and a security fee of Dh5 ($1.36) which passengers leaving from Abu Dhabi International already have to pay. Gulf News estimates that more than eight million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International during the first four months of 2016.