Fee Relief for Commercial Air Operators


Commercial air operators, who fly to Jamaica, will no longer have to pay fees for services provided by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).
These include fees for air navigation, communications, air operators’ certificates and a number of other charges contained in the 22nd Schedule of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Regulations.
The move is part of ongoing efforts to boost the viability and profitability of the Jamaican aviation sector and follows a waiver on charges to operators of small aircrafts, which was announced by the Government in February.
The removal of fees charged to commercial air operators, follows Cabinet’s recent approval of a submission by the Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, to implement a US$8.00 Passenger Aviation Service Charge, which should take effect as early as the second quarter of the 2010/2011 financial year.
Passengers will be required to pay US$4 on each one way international ticket. The system is said to be similar to that used by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which charges 7.5 per cent on the base fare of each ticket sold.
The JCAA pointed out in a release that this transfer of fees to passengers is not new, as passengers already pay these charges in their ticket costs.
The JCAA projects an increase in air commerce as a result of the removal of these fees, which will make Jamaica a more affordable destination for airlines. It is further estimated to boost the viability of our airports as well as the country’s tourism sector.
The Civil Aviation Act and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Regulations allow for the JCAA to charge fees for providing air navigation services and other civil aviation services.
These fees are charged to the airlines and are used in the calculation of the ticket prices for travel to Jamaica.

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