Dubai International Airport is set to reap over $1 billion per year from a new passenger tax, but travellers on Qantas flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London will be exempt from the levy.
The 35 UAE Dirham (A$12.45) 'service fee' will apply to passengers departing from or transiting through the massive airport and will be collected by airlines, which are expected to pass the cost directly onto passengers as part of the ticket cost.
Dubai expects to see 86 million passengers in 2016, which will translate into an estimated A$1.07 billion in annual revenue for what is now the world's busiest airport for international passengers.
However, a quirk in the new rules means that Qantas passengers on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and London will escape the tax.
That’s because multi-stop journeys taken on a single flight number – such as QF1 and QF9 from Australia to London, and their QF2 and QF10 return legs - don't count as a 'transit' fligh, merely one which happens to stop in Dubai.
However, the tax will apply if you're changing between a Qantas and Emirates flight – for example, jetting from Melbourne to Dubai on QF2 and then onwards to another destination with Emirates – or of course ending your journey in Dubai.
Passengers flying through the UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport with Virgin Australia, Etihad and other airlines aren’t affected by this new tax, which applies solely to the Dubai hub.
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