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By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial
28 April, 2014
The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has announced that, from June 1, the so-called "passenger security charge," which is collected directly from each departing passenger at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), will be increased by 36 percent.
While the charge will rise from the current HKD33 (USD4.25) to HKD45 for tickets issued on or after June 1, 2014, it was pointed out that this is its first adjustment since 2002. The charge is made to recover the incremental costs incurred from additional security measures.
The AA confirmed that "the airport has deployed more manpower and upgraded technologies over the years to satisfy the security requirements needed for improved access control and security screening. The adjustment is therefore deemed necessary to recover the additional costs associated with these security measures, and is in line with the 'user pays' cost recovery principle that is provided for in the Hong Kong Aviation Security Program."
The AA added that the adjusted level is reasonable and comparable with the security charges levied at other international airports.
In addition, each passenger (12 years of age or above) departing by air from HKIA is subject to an airport departure tax of HKD120 that is normally included in the price of an airline ticket. This is waived for transiting passengers.
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