Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Adriaens wants explanation new airport fees

WILLEMSTAD – Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BT & P) and Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) have been asked to explain the new air fares. The Minister of Transport, Communication and Urban Planning Dominique Adriaens has requested in a letter to both Departments, according to Antilliaans Dagblad.

The Passenger Facility Charge, Landing Fee and Transfer Fee were increased. These increased rates were announced to all parties three days in advance, while this must be done at least three months in advance. Both the International Air Transport Association and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association have complained about this increase to Adriaens. Both institutions have now received a letter back that the matter is being dealt with in Curaçao and can expect an answer as soon as possible. Until it is proven that there was an error made in the determination of the rates, the increased rates will remain in effect.

The 2012 Passenger Fee was 8 dollars for Sint Maarten and the BES islands (Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatia). All other destinations was 32 dollars. The new price increase is 20 dollars for Sint Maarten and BES and 39 dollars for all other destinations. The landing was adapted from 3 dollars/ton to 6 dollars/ton. Aircraft parking stays at 61 dollars per ton. Each year this tariff is checked by  the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BT&PU) and adapted if necessary. The tariffs comply with international security obligations.

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