Thursday, October 11, 2012

Airport Authority Administration Charge.

Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority Administration Charge The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, Ministry of Finance and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority would kindly like to advise travel providers to inform their clients of the new Airport Authority Administration Charge that will take effect on all travel on or after.

November 1, 2012.
The Airport Authority Administration Charge is to be collected on all tickets for each arriving passenger at USD$37.50 and each departing passenger at USD$37.50 and this will come into effect for travel from November 1, 2012. This charge will in effect replace the existing departure tax that is currently issued to all passengers; except those transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and departing from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours. Additionally, the new Airport Authority Administration Charge will also replace the current Passengers’ Facilities Charge.

Passengers exempt from the Airport Authority Administration Charge include:
  • Children under the age of two (2) years at the time of travel;
  • Positioning air crew;
  • Persons taking part in training flights;
  • Passengers travelling on the domestic sector between the islands of Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Persons travelling on military, scientific or meteorological flights to whom no ticket has been issued;
  • Persons using diplomatic passports as their travel documents; and
  • Persons transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and who depart from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours.
The newly-effective charge will be built into a passenger’s ticket and the funds will then be remitted to the Government via the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). All airlines and travel operators are required to collect this tax when billing the customer for the ticket as there will no longer be a facility at the airport to collect departure tax from the passenger.

All bookings made with travel dates on or after November 1, 2012 will be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

All persons who have booked and paid for their ticket in full to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 will NOT be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

However, those persons who have booked their ticket to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 but have not yet paid for the ticket in full will be impacted by the new charge.