Thai airports imposing international security fee

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

Airports of Thailand (AoT) will hit passengers with an extra THB35 ( 0,8 USD) from December to pay for an Advance Passenger Processing System (APPS).

From December 1, international passengers at six international gateway airports as well as those in transit will pay the APPS fee.

The system allows border authorities to check passenger data of passengers from their countries of origin and can monitor those blacklisted or banned from leaving a country.

It will be available at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai.

However the Airline Operations Committee (AOC) has asked for the system roll out to be put back as airlines will not be ready for the change.

Airlines are responsible for collecting the additional fee which will be incorporated into the ticket price, said AoT chairman Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

AOC wants the system postponed for 90 days as many tickets have already been sold by airlines for travel after December 1.