NEW AIRPORT FACILITY CHARGE
TO BEGIN IN JULY
Effective 1 July, all arriving passengers to Antigua & Barbuda will be
required to pay a US$10 Passenger Facility Charge.
In explaining the rationale for the introduction of this new measure,
Minister of Aviation Robin Yearwood said, “The Passenger Facility Charge
will come into effect on tickets for travelling passengers arriving into
Antigua on 1 July, 2003.”
Payment of the US$10 or its equivalent will be done at the time of the
purchase of the ticket.
The Passenger Facility Charge will be included in the cost of the ticket and
separately identified on the ticket invoice.
The airline to airline international finance clearing house system will be
responsible for handing over the Passenger Facility Charge collected to the
government within the stipulated timeframe.
He said the introduction of the new revenue measure is not unique to Antigua
“The Passenger Facility Charge mechanism has been used successfully in a
number of jurisdictions throughout the world, including at state level in
the United States, in Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, Barbados, St.
Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba and the United Kingdom,” Yearwood said.
“The development of the Passenger Facility Charge in Antigua has been
undertaken in consultation with airlines operating in Antigua & Barbuda
and a number of airlines have been incorporated into the legislation,” he
According to the Aviation Minister, the purpose of the PFC is to provide a
steady and dedicated stream of funds for airport development, maintenance
and ongoing capital works.
He further said that the Passenger Facility Charge differs from the
departure tax which is paid into the consolidated fund and used for
personnel, administration and security matters.
Yearwood noted that the government is being pressured by airlines to further
improve the services at the V.C. Bird International Airport “to meet the
long haul and the demands of passengers.”
Currently, the government is engaged in ongoing development works at the V.C.
Bird International Airport and the imposition of this Passenger Facility
Charge is intended to finance this proposed development.
Thus, all revenue raised will be applied to the expansion, improvement and
thereafter-continuing maintenance of the facility for the comfort and
security of passengers.
Each airline will be required to submit weekly reports together with a copy
of the passenger manifest for every flight arriving in Antigua & Barbuda
to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
The reports will contain information including the name of the operating
carrier; the flight number; date of arrival, the total number of passengers
arriving on the flight; the number of passengers for whom the charge is
payable and the total Passenger Facility Charge collected.
Nine categories of people are exempted from paying the passenger facility
These include passengers transiting Antigua & Barbuda on the same flight
as designated by the flight number; children under the age of 12 at the time
of travel; people comprising the crew of an arriving aircraft; positioning
air crew; people taking part in training flights; passengers travelling on
the domestic sector between Antigua & Barbuda; people travelling on
military, scientific or meteorological flights to whom no ticket has been
issued; persons travelling on diplomatic passports and such other people as
the minister may order published in the Gazette to be exempted.
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