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Airlines will start collecting a special fee to fund the new runway

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On May 30th, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced that a fee will be collected on air tickets issued on or after 1 August 2016 to fund the new runway.

Airlines will collect the Airport Construction Fee (ACF) from departing passengers, at Chek Lap Kok when air tickets are issued. Tickets issued before 1 August 2016 will not incur the ACF. 

The ACF is collected to fund the 3RS expansion. The charging rate will depend on flight distance, ticket class, and whether the flight type is origin-destination or transit/transfer.

The ACF for short-haul departing passengers flying in economy class is HK$90, while the fee for short-haul passengers in first/business class is HK$160. For long-haul passengers, the fee for economy and first/business class tickets are HK$160 and HK$180 respectively. The ACF for short-haul transit/transfer passengers in economy class is HK$70. It is expected that about 70% of passengers departing from HKIA will pay an ACF of HK$90 or less.

The ACF collection will remain in effect until all borrowings related to the the third runway project have been fully repaid. The charging rate of the ACF will remain unchanged throughout the collection period. Initial reclamation work for the 3RS is scheduled to start on 1 August 2016.

For more information, check the official website for the Hong Kong International Airport.

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