LAHORE - Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has increased airport tax up to Rs 1,500 as security and infrastructure development charges on international passengers with effect from August 1, 2015, a notification revealed on Thursday.

Earlier, CAA was charging Rs 2,606 as airport tax from international passengers travelling in economy class, but now they would have to pay Rs 3,550. Similarly, the passengers travelling in business class were paying Rs 3,616 as airport tax, but now they would have to pay Rs 5,050. The notification said that the revised charges would be collected from all passengers with effect from August 1 irrespective of dates of issuance of tickets.

CAA has increased airport tax from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500, security charges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,020 and Infrastructure development charges from Rs 606 to Rs 1,030 for economy class passengers. The economy class passengers will have to pay Rs 944 more than that they were paying in the past.

For business class, airport tax has been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000. Security charges have been raised from Rs 1,010 to Rs 1,020 and infrastructure development charges from Rs 600 to Rs 1,030. In this way, business class passengers will have to pay Rs 1,444 more than that they were previously paying.

It merits mentioning here that the passengers who had got their tickets booked in advance would have to pay the difference at the time of travel from August 1.

A travel agent, seeking anonymity, said some passengers had got their tickets booked six months in advance, but now they would have to pay the increased amount of tax at the time of travel.

An interesting thing is that the said taxes would be applicable to all the airports of the country except Multan airport as economy class passengers travelling from this airport would have to pay Rs 500 more than those travelling from the other airports.

Another travel agent said that in the past tax was collected after its announcement, but this time it is being charged from back dates.