Kenya departure tax up 100%

 Kenya Airports to oncrease departure tax by 100% from July 1st

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) will, from July, double the amounts air passengers pay to access its facilities as it seeks cash to upgrade airport.  The authority has received approval from the Finance minister Githae to increase the service charge for international passengers from $20 to $40  even domestic travellers will see an increase of 66%.

“The service charge collected is very significant in the on-going improvement of our airports,” said KAA communications manager Dominic Ngigi “It is a government directive, which we have no option but to comply with,”

The air passenger service charge —established 14 years ago — is collected by Kenya Revenue Authority on behalf of the airports authority and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

Finance minister  Githae gazetted the latest changes on April 13 but KAA’s financial reports indicate that they had anticipated the changes as early as October last year. The fee increment comes at a time when airlines are grappling with higher cost of jet fuel forcing them to increase the fuel surcharge on tickets to cushion themselves.