AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Changi to impose higher fees and new airport tax starting July 1

The Passenger Service and Security fee will be raised from $27.90 to $30.40.

Passengers traveling from Singapore Changi Airport will have to pay a total of $47.30 departure charges starting 1 July 2018, following the increase on Passenger Service and Security Fee (PSSF) and the introduction of the new Airport Development Levy (ADL).

The Changi Airport Group (CAG) has increased the PSSF for all passengers departing from Changi Airport from the current $27.90 to $30.40. The fee will be further increased by $2.50 annually from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2024.

Besides the PSSF, passengers flying out from the Changi Airport will also have to pay the ADL worth $10.80 whilst transit & transfer passengers will only have to pay $3.

CAG has also raised the landing, parking and aerobridge (LPA) for airlines by 1% starting 1 July 2018. It will be further increased by 1% annually from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2024.

The higher aeronautical fees for both passengers and airlines, as well as the new ADL fee will be used to fund the Changi East development project together with the contributions of CAG and the Singapore government.

CAG said it has already invested $3.6b for the project and will commit a substantial portion of its reserves and future surpluses, including earnings from its airport concessions. The Group will also borrow money to fund its contribution.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said the government has committed more than $9b into the project.

“The expansion of Changi Airport is needed to provide for future capacity and to minimise congestion in its existing terminals. With Changi East, there is opportunity to capture a share of the growth in air travel in the region,” said CAG in a press release. 

The number of passenger traffic in Changi Airport for 2017 jumped by 6% year-on-year to 62.2m.

Here are three major projects under the Changi East development:

1. The extension of existing military runway to allow the airport operate with three runways. The three-runway system is expected to be operationalised in the early 2020s;

2. The establishment of network of tunnels and systems to allow for the transfer of passengers, baggage, and airside vehicles within Changi East and also with other existing terminals. It will include baggage handling system and automated people mover system; and

3. The establishment of Terminal 5, which can serve up additional 50m passengers yearly and provide 100 additional aircraft stands. It is expected to be completed around 2030.

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