Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s most profitable airports, has announced a new fee for handling luggage, despite the fact that the airport reported it made record profits this year.
Introduced on July 6, the levy amounts to HK$1.32 per checked bag, and is charged to the airlines. In a statement to Around DB and Life on Lantau, the Airport Authority said that it does not know whether airlines will pass the charge on to their customers.
Previously, ground handling staff had been responsible for unloading luggage and placing it on the conveyor belts, however, the Airport Authority has made the decision to outsource the duties going forward.
Although the fee is only small, it could very well have a significant impact, with 73 million travelers having passed through the airport last year alone, meaning another nice profit for HKIA.