Dubai Airport to Charge AED35 From Departing Passengers

A new tax measure has been in place in Dubai to collect fee from passengers, as Gulf governments grapple with plummeting oil revenues.

From June 30, passengers who use the airport, including those who pass through Dubai as transit travelers, will be chargd 35 AED (US$9.50) according to a news release.

The collected fee will help fund the expansion of Dubai airports, the statement said.

More than 78 passengers passed through Dubai international airport in 2015, maintaining its rank as the world’s busiest after overtaking London Healthrow in 2014.

In February, the airport opened concourse D at a cost of US$1.2 billion, increasing the capacity of its airport terminal to handle up to 90 million passengers.

The fee applies to all departing flights after June 30, booked after March 1, according to Gulf News.