With budget implementation, airfare tax hikes take effect

The budget includes tax hikes on travelers flying economy, business and first-class, as well as private jets.
by Christina Farhat

1 August 2019 | 17:21

Source: by Annahar

  • by Christina Farhat
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 1 August 2019 | 17:21

A file photo of Lebanon's Rafik Hariri Airport (AP)

BEIRUT: President Michel Aoun’s signature was the last step in a turbulent attempt to pass the long-awaited 2019 fiscal budget.

The budget includes tax hikes on travelers flying economy, business and first-class, as well as private jets.

As of early this morning, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation issued circulars No. 25/2 to all airlines operating at the Rafic Hariri International Airport.

"All airlines operating at Rafic International Airport - Beirut are required to take note of the amendment approved by the Lebanese Parliament under Law No. 143 as of July 31, 2019 on Law No. 64 dated 20/10/2017, which is imposed on travelers by air on flights that exceed distance of 900 Km as a final destination (instead of 1250 km in the previous law)” states the circular.

The tax hikes for trips exceeding 900 Kilometers are as follows:

50,000 LL or 33.33 USD for each passenger traveling in economy class.

110,000 LL or 73.33 USD for each passenger traveling in business class.

150,000 LL or 100 USD for each passenger traveling in first class.

300,000 LL or 200 USD for each passenger traveling on a private jet.

Some of the commonly used airports that fall within the ranges of 900 Km are the airports of Syria, Jordan and Turkey (except Istanbul Airport Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil airports, in Iraq, the airports of Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria in Egypt.)

The taxes for trips that do not exceed 900 km as a final destination are:

50,000 LL or 33.33 USD for each passenger traveling in economy class.

75,000 LL or 50 USD for each passenger traveling in business class.

100,000 LL or 66.66 USD for each passenger traveling in first class.

150,000 LL or 100 USD for each passenger traveling on a private jet. 


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