Passengers departing from Hong Kong International Airport will have to pay an added airport construction fee based on travelling distance and ticket class from mid-2016.
The original proposal of a fixed HK$180 (US$23) fee to fund the development of a third runway had caused controversy, galvanising Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) to come up with an alternative scheme last week.
For short haul passengers departing in economy class, the fee will be HK$90, while short haul first/business class passengers and long haul economy class passengers will have to fork out HK$160. The levy for long haul first/business class passengers is HK$180. Meanwhile, the fee for short haul transit passengers in economy class will be set at HK$70.
This arrangement is scheduled to be implemented from the 2nd Quarter of 2016 till 2031. AAHK estimates about 70 per cent of departing passengers will pay a fee of HK$90 or below.