Fee hike alert, fee hike alert! Yes, there might be a raise in airport taxes throughout Thailand. It is not official yet as currently, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is seeking approval from the Cabinet. However, once it is approved, this plan will be carried out in the end of this very year.
The increase in tax will be applied on passenger service charge – both domestic and international. Domestic passengers are required to pay 100 Baht, an increase from the original 50 Baht whereas international passengers' tax will be at 500 Baht, a100 Baht increase from the original amount of 400 Baht. The tax hike will be implemented in all 28 airports that are under the supervision of DCA – Krabi Airport and Hua Hin Airport, just to name a few. According to the General Director of DCA, Woradej Hanprasert,the additional fee collected will be used in maintaining and improving the airports.
Followed with the plan of DCA, the Airports of Thailand (AOT) too, wants to increase respective taxes on their six airports despite receiving negative comments on its expensive shopping and dining experience. If approved, the international passengers' tax will be as much as 800 Baht from the current 700 Baht whereas it will be 150 Baht for domestic passengers, an increase from 100 Baht.
Although it is a high possibility that travellers will have to pay more now on airport taxes, it is undeniable that Thailand is an amazing place to travel and hey, most of us have the privilege in enjoying visa exemption!Fret not if you’re not in the visa exemption list as you can easily obtain a Thailand Visa On Arrival with a 15 days validity!