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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
China replaces airport fee with civil aviation fund
New York (NY) Daily News
Beijing, — Passengers need to pay for a civil aviation development fund when
taking flights in China instead of the airport construction fee, the
country's finance ministry announced Tuesday.
The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that it has cancelled the
charging of airport construction fees and instead, will charge passengers a
civil aviation fee from April 1, reported Xinhua.
The new fee will be 50 yuan ($7.94) for each domestic flight, the same
amount as the previous construction fee.
Passengers of feeder line flights do not have to pay for the fund, while for
international flights, passengers will be charged 90 yuan, of which 20 yuan
will be set aside for a tourism development fund, according to the ministry.
Outbound passengers with diplomatic passports, or passengers under the age
of 12 are exempted.
The civil aviation development fund is government-controlled, said the
ministry. It will be collected by the airlines and brought under
governmental budgetary management.
The fund will be spent on infrastructure constructions, subsidizing
airlines, emissions cuts and energy conservation in aviation, training and
equipment replacement, technology development and other expenses in the
The ministry confirmed that the funds shall not be diverted for other
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