Bahrain airport to revise departure tax
Manama , September 8, 2010
Passenger departure tax from Bahrain International Airport is expected to be revised in the coming months, said top officials.
The Cabinet has already issued instructions to all bodies concerned to set up the new structure, sources told our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
"The new structure will be applied exactly the same way as the present tax is collected from passengers. Only the amount will change," the sources said.
The process will take a few months to complete, they added.
"The bodies concerned will take some time to figure out what the new structure should be and finalise it," said the sources. "It will then be sent to the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) for implementation."
A BAC official, who didn't want to be named, confirmed the new structure, but that he was unable to confirm what the new rate of departure tax would be.
"It could go up, or down, I cannot say. All I can say there is a move to revise it," he said. “We will issue the notification on the revised structure once we have the details. It will then be implemented within three months."
Air passengers departing Bahrain are currently being charged BD3 ($7.95) each time they exit.
The fee is collected by the airline concerned and then passed on to the airport authorities.
Prior to that, each departing passenger had to purchase a BD3 ticket before going in for the immigration check. – TradeArabia News Service
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