With a passenger tax on international passengers the Gulf state of Qatar responded to a budget shortfall due to low oil prices. Starting this week the release of 35 riyals (8.58 euros) will mature, informed the Hamad International Airport in Doha with. The amount will be added to the fare and applies to tickets issued from Tuesday for travel from 1 December.
The fee is compatible with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization with which the “development” the world’s leading airports should be supported, the Airport announced on with. The airport used alone in the first three months of the year, nearly nine million passengers to transit.
Qatar threatened in 2016 for the first time in 15 years a budget deficit of more than twelve billion dollars. In the coming years the host could be the World Cup in 2022 threatened a budget gap. Background are the low oil prices. Many Arab states where there previously was no tax to finance the budget, see thereby forced to rethink.
The neighboring Dubai rises since March, a tax equivalent to 8.50 euros per passenger, which unlike applies to Qatar for all travelers. Officially founded Dubai dispensing with the expansion of its two airports.
Noteworthy is the development also because the Gulf states support their aerospace industries hitherto generous. Qatar is home to Qatar Airways which belongs together with Etihad and Emirates to the main challenging European airlines. These throw the Gulf airlines have long ago, accruing to government subsidies unfair competitive advantage.