Acsa to increase passenger taxes

2014-01-07 09:30
 Cape Town - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has announced that it will be increasing its Passenger Service charge and Airport Co-ordination Services charge from April 1.

Tourism update reports the increase of 5.6% means passengers can expect to pay an extra R7 on a domestic flight and R18 for international flights.

Operating costs for airlines will rise as Acsa will be charging airlines an additional 5.6% for landing and parking from April 1. It remains to be seen whether airlines will increase fares or not, since this could negatively impact passenger demand.

Comair’s Executive Manager for Commercial Distribution, Iain Meaker said, “We would prefer that any increases are kept to an absolute minimum, given the current state of the economy and dwindling passenger demand, especially in light of the healthy profits Acsa declared in its last financial results. As an industry we would prefer to see the revenue made up in additional passenger volume.”

Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser said, “An increase in the cost of air travel, whether oil prices, exchange rate fluctuation or any other increase, will affect accessibility to air travel in terms of price sensitivity.”

He adds that, conversely, South Africa has good airport infrastructure with flagship ports across the country, enabling greater or more efficient movement of people and goods. “Ultimately good infrastructure has a positive economic impact,” he says.

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