Fee increases coming for Jamaica's airports
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Airlines and passengers who use the islands two international airports are to pay more to access services at these facilities.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has recommended an aggregate increase of 55 per cent in airport charges at Norman Manley International in Kingston.
The upwards movements in fees include a ten per cent increase in both landing and parking charges and a 80 per cent increase in the passenger service charge.
And the aviation regulator says there is to be an aggregate increase of 70 per cent in airport charges at the St James-based Sangster International.
All airport fees are to remain unchanged except for passenger service charges for International Commercial Flights, which are to be increased by 121.18 per centage points.
The JCAA says the US$5 Airport Improvement Fee charged at Sangster International will remain in place to facilitate the implementation of Phase 3 of the airport’s Capital Development Programme.
The fee was scheduled to be discontinued in March.
The increases in fees at both the Norman Manley and Sangster international airports will take effect on April 1.
The JCAA notes that the charges were originally scheduled to be increased on January 1.
And the regulator says it has allowed an increase in passenger charges at both airports to compensate for the deferral of the effective date of the airport charges and to recover losses.
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