GMR issues notice for US$25 fee from Maldives airport

Friday, 20 May 2011 09:59

GMR Male International Private Limited has asked airlines to take the Airport Development Fee (ADF) of US$25 from every international passenger, commencing January 1, 2012.

A company official said prior notice was given to the airlines to take the fee, approved by the government under the airport lease agreement, in order to give enough time for the airlines to prepare.

The fee is to be included in the air ticket fare.

“We’re allowed to take the fee from passengers leaving the Maldives, commencing January 1, 2012. We’ve given the notice six months before in order to give enough time for the airlines to prepare,” the official said.

GMR’s decision came hours after the Civil Court held the first hearing of the case filed by the opposition alliance in a bid to block GMR from taking US$27, which includes the US$25 Airport Development Fee and a US$2 insurance fee. 


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