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New passenger service charges for 2008 announced
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | 00:00

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) today announced changes in tariffs levied for the 2008 financial year. The new tariffs, approved by the Regulating Committee*, will be effective for all travel from 1 April 2008.

The Passenger Service Charge (PSC) is normally reflected on airline tickets as “airport taxes”, and is often included along other non-ACSA related charges. The PSC published by ACSA has declined marginally when compared to the adjusted charges for 2008 financial year. Only the PSC portion of “airport taxes” accrues to ACSA.

The PSC until the 31st March 2008 was as follows: (all figures mentioned are inclusive of VAT): R47.00 for domestic, R97.00 for regional (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland) and R128.00 for international flights. With effect from 1 April 2008, the new PSC will be as follows: R41.00 for domestic, R85.00 for regional and R112.00 for international flights.

Members of the public are reminded that the PSC is independently regulated in a manner that ensures protection for both the passenger and ACSA. Over the past five years to 2008, the average passenger service charge has only increased by an annual 5%.

The Regulator has managed to keep the PSC relatively low through the utilisation of a single till economic regulatory model, which allows for non-aeronautical revenues to subsidise the airline and passenger fees resulting in a reduction of these charges over time. In this model, regulators take all sources of revenue into one till as input into the determination of a tariff base.

ACSA will continue to enhance efficiencies and productivity, re-engineer processes and grow non-aeronautical revenue. To see the complete Government Gazette, visit www.airports.co.za.

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