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Increase to aviation security charges

Increase to aviation security charges

The need to maintain a high level of aviation security is behind an increase in international and domestic aviation passenger security charges, Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven said today.

“It is essential that we have a high level of aviation security to meet the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

“In today’s heightened security environment, this rise in aviation passenger security charges is a small price to pay for safety,” said Mr Duynhoven.

The international aviation security charge will rise from $12.56 to $15.00 per departing international passenger, while the charge for domestic travel increases from $3.57 to $4.66. The new charges come into effect on 13 December 2007.

“The charges reflect the rising costs of doing business in the aviation security sector. A portion of the increase will fund new security services which have been prompted by recent amendments to aviation security legislation, including the screening of airport workers due to start in early 2008.

“It is essential that our international partners have complete confidence in New Zealand’s standard of aviation security. Without this level of confidence, we cannot retain the vital air links this country needs.

“The passenger security charges fund the Aviation Security Service which provides aviation security services at New Zealand’s airports. The Service does a very good job of ensuring that security requirements are met, while at the same time enabling passengers to travel with a minimum of fuss and disruption,” said Mr Duynhoven today.

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