(Singapore, 16/09/2022) Travellers flying out of Changi Airport will have to pay more in airport fees and levies from Nov 1.

As the aviation industry continues to recover after the Covid-19 pandemic, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced on Thursday (Sept 15) in a joint statement, the departure fee will increase in phases starting from Nov 1.

Travellers on flights from Changi Airport currently pay a fee of S$52.30 — comprising S$35.40 in passenger service and security fee (PSSF), S$6.10 in aviation levy and S$10.80 in airport development levy.

From Nov 1 to March 31 next year, the departure fee will go up by S$6.90 to S$59.20, and subsequently increase to $62.20 from April 2023 and $65.20 from April 2024.

However, travellers whose air tickets were issued before Nov 1 will not need to pay for the higher fees and levies. Besides, there will be no change to the departure fee for transit passengers, who will continue to pay $9 in airport charges for each flight.

“The Landing, Parking and Aerobridge (LPA) charges for all flights operating at Changi Airport will increase by 2% on Nov 1, 2022, and increase by another 1% each year on Apr 1, 2023, and Apr 1, 2024, as earlier announced,” said the authorities.

The statement said that the fees and levies charged will go towards CAG’s operations and current infrastructure upgrading of terminals and future development plans, and the air hub development and regulatory functions of CAAS.

In fact, Changi Airport is not the only airport increasing its fees. In November last year, Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands announced plans to increase the fees levied on airlines by 37% over the next three years, a move that drew strong criticism from the International Air Transport Association (IATA),.

Now, as international air travel continues to recover from the effects of Covid-19, Changi Airport decides to resume the planned increase of airport fees and levies announced earlier on. Will this move affect travellers’ interest to take flight in the future and affecting the recovery of aviation industry from the Covid-19 pandemic?