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Why it will cost extra to fly out of Hong Kong

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Travellers flying out of Hong Kong International will start paying extra from next year under a proposal to help fund a third runway.

The Airport Authority is proposing an extra cost ranging from HK$70 to HK$180 and applying to every traveller. The exact amount will depend on the flight distance and ticket class.

The South China Morning Post reported the third runway will cost HK$141.5 billion.

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The Airport Authority yesterday unveiled the changes to its original proposal for a flat fee of HK$180 on every traveller.

Authority chief executive Fred Lam Tin-fuk said the charge would be imposed on departing travellers from the middle of next year until around 2031.

“We have consulted industry stakeholders. They said that as long as the levels of the fees were low, people would accept it even though it would mean the change would be in place longer,” Lam said yesterday.

Under the new proposal, departing passengers travelling in first or business class on long-haul flights will pay HK$180. Those travelling in first or business class on short-haul flights and long-haul flight passengers in economy class will pay HK$160.

Economy class passengers on short-haul flights will pay HK$90. But if they are in transit or transferring, they need to pay only HK$70.

The authority estimated that 70 per cent of travellers would pay HK$90 or less. Only 2 per cent will pay HK$180.

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