Lusaka: The National Airports Corporation has introduced a new Infrastructure and Development charge in addition to the current departure tax and security tax. All passengers departing from KK , Mfuwe, Harry Mwaanga and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airports are now required to pay the new tax, effective immediately. International passengers departing from these airports will be required to pay K52.80 (about US $10.00) and domestic passengers, K26.70 (about $5.00).
Tickets issued before 15 June 2013 will be exempt from the new tax. Schedule passengers with a ticket issued after 15 June 2013 booked via one of the major Global Distribution Systems will have the tax included in their ticket.
Earlier this year at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, President Michael Sata opposed the introduction of a US$10 tax on air tickets purchased by travellers leaving or entering the African continent as a measure to help fund the African Union.
The president explained that Zambia was working towards promoting her tourism industry and that this will not be achieved if the ticket and accommodation levy was introduced. “We would like to attract tourism in Zambia, if hotels become expensive, then some people are going to rise against us, the airlines are going to be less profitable,” the President explained.
President Sata said Zambia wants to encourage people doing business and attract more tourists to visit the country.
The air ticket levy was among the two proposals suggested by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjoo’s panel during a meeting held in Addis Ababa . The second option suggested to introduce a US$2 hospitality levy applicable on all hotel accommodations within Africa.