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Zambia introduces new airport tax


19:47, June 28, 2013

LUSAKA, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government agency that runs airports has introduced a new airport departure tax to fund infrastructure development, a senior official said on Friday.

Apart from the current departure tax and security tax, travelers using the country's four international airports will now be required to pay the aviation infrastructure development charge.

"Yes we have introduced a new charge. It is in the ticket," Robert Misipala, managing director of the National Airports Corporation (NAC) told Xinhua in an interview.

International passengers departing from the country's four airports will be required to pay 10 U. S. dollars while domestic passengers will be required to pay 5 dollars.

The new charge became effective on June 15, 2013.

During the 21st African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia in May this year, Zambian President Michael Sata opposed the introduction of a 10 dollars tax on air tickets purchased by travelers leaving or entering the African continent as a measure to help fund the AU.

The Zambian leader said his administration was working towards promoting the tourism industry and that the introduction of new taxes will affect the drive to promote the tourism industry.

The air ticket levy was among the two proposals suggested by a panel chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and presented to the AU Summit. The second proposal was the introduction of a 2 dollars hospitality levy applicable on all hotel accommodations within Africa.

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