Passengers flying in and out of Bangladesh will have to pay more as the government discusses imposing fees for the purpose of security and airport development.
Ministry sources disclosed the charge will likely be Tk150 for domestic passengers. Citizens of Saarc nations will likely pay $20 as security fee but it will be $15 for non-Saarc citizens, reports the Bangla Tribune.
Additional Secretary Abul Hasnat Md Ziaul Haque of the Civil Aviation Ministry said: “Security charges are imposed everywhere in the world. Our security costs have also gone up.”
Airlines will collect the fees on behalf of the government, he said, adding that the fees were yet to be determined.
“We will not impose any burden on passengers. The discussions might settle the fee between Tk100-250,” he added.
The decision to impose the extra fee was approved at the 225th meeting of management body of Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB). Security and airport development fees in Pakistan, India, UK and the US were discussed at the meeting.
The proposals have been sent to the ministry. Once approved, the fees will be realised separately.
A meeting has been scheduled for March 19 to discuss the fees with stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, and domestic airlines.
Novoair Managing Director Mofizur Rahman confirmed he received an invitation to said meeting.
Currently, Pakistan collects $20 as security and development fees from each passenger. In India, the security fee is $15 and development fee is $5.18. The US charges $5 for security and $4.5 for development.