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New airport charges for passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi

Transiting through, or departing from Abu Dhabi? From next month (July), you’ll have to pay to leave.

The Abu Dhabi skyline: From June 30 passengers departing Abu Dhabi will be subject to an exit levy

From June 30, passengers passing through Abu Dhabi airport will have to pay an exit fee of Dh35 (approximately $AU13)


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has issued an Executive Council resolution to approve the fee.


There will be exceptions to the charge – travellers under the age of two will avoid the tax, as will those transiting with the same airline crew and flight number.


The announcement of Abu Dhabi’s extra charge comes just months after both Sharjah and Dubai stated they too would lump a departure fee on airport passengers. From March 1, all flights departing Dubai after June 30, 2016, have included the extra levy of Dh35.


Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways is the third largest airline in the Middle East

In Abu Dhabi, the revenue will be collected from the airlines by the government-owned Abu Dhabi Airports. Airlines will pass on this fee to passengers through their flight tickets.


The extra charge is in addition to the Dh75 (approx. $AU28) service fee and security fee of Dh5 (approx. $AU2), which passengers leaving from Abu Dhabi International already have to pay. 


Abu Dhabi International Airport is the the second busiest in the UAE and is home to Etihad Airways, the third largest carrier in the Middle East.


During the first trimester of 2016 around eight million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International.


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Written by: Jessica Zoiti
Published: 16 June 2016

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