Hong Kong airport passengers to pay extra in security fee hike

Passengers leaving Hong Kong International Airport will pay an extra HK$10 in security fees from next year, the Airport Authority has announced. The Passenger Security Charge, collected by airlines on behalf of the Airport Authority from passengers departing from Hong Kong International Airport, is scheduled to be adjusted from HK$55 to HK$65 effective from January 1 next year.

Subject to passenger traffic growth and prevailing passenger traffic demand, the Authority said the charge could be further increased to HK$75 in phases from 2027. The charge was last increased from HK$50 to HK$55 in 2021. The adjusted security fees will not be applied to tickets issued before January 1, 2025, even if such tickets are for travel on or after that date, according to the Authority.

The Authority explained that the security fee hike will allow it to maintain security excellence, providing funding for further upgrades on airport security facilities and systems by installing a smart passenger security screening system, replacing the hold baggage screening system, and expanding the security coverage to related areas under the Three-runway System.

In line with the “user pays, cost recovery” principle stipulated in the Hong Kong Aviation Security Programme, the adjustments will recover the additional costs of the enhanced security measures and systems to be put in place at the airport in the coming years, it added.

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