Tanzania introduces new security fee for air travel

The Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) has introduced a new security fee on all domestic and international flights in the country. Starting October 1, air travellers will have an additional TZS5 000 (R32) for domestic flights and R73 for international flights added to ticket prices.

According to the TAA, the new fee will be used for improvement of airport security.

According to The Citizen, Laurence Paul, Tanzania Air Operators Association (TAOA) Executive Secretary, has raised concerns about the implementation time, which has left airlines that have already sold tickets for October 1 and beyond scrambling to make up the costs themselves. “Some airlines had already sold tickets for future travel, and operators will have to cover the additional costs,” said Paul. He noted that the fee had been discussed and agreed upon at stakeholder meetings, however the TAOA remains concerned about the turnaround time.

Sauda Rajab, PrecisionAir ceo, noted that, although the new fee was an added cost for travellers, it was necessary. “We need to see a difference in the state of airport fences and runways,” she said.

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