NAC advises on Airport Tax pricing for coming period
Mia Davids, Head: Corporate Communications at the Namibia Airports Company said,“advising all our customers on pricing at the airports is of utmost importance to us and we want them to know how much they are paying and what the money is used for.”
“We realize that there might be a misperception out there that the airport taxes are the most important part of flying but that is not the case. Furthermore, we also feel that a lot more education needs to go into telling passengers what airport taxes are used for and why they need to be paid,” she added.
Davids said that for example international passengers are charged N$410.69 while regional passengers pay N$237.66 (Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland) and domestic passengers pay N$107.45 for passenger services. These fees are used for services such as baggage handling, safety and security aspects.
Other taxes payable to NAC include landing charges, parking charges and hourly charges for operations. These are paid for by the airlines and private aircraft operators.
“An example here is an aircraft (international and regional) with a mass of up to 10,000 kilograms will be charged the NAC tariff of N$708.40. Aircraft parking for a domestic plane up to 10,000 kilogram is N$160.65. The charging of these fees is regulated in compliance with ICAO Doc 9562 and Section 5 (1) of the Airports Company Act 25 of 1998,” she said.
Davids said that NAC was responsible for providing airport infrastructure and amenities while facilitating airport services for domestic and international airlines and passengers. In fulfilling their mandate, the NAC ensured that airport infrastructure and safety and security equipment were well maintained and met world-class standards.
“One of the ways in which we generate funds is through the airport tax payable by departing passengers who make use of our services. Safety and security of passengers is our priority,” said Davids.