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Risk that higher fees may hurt Changi Airport

The higher fees will help pay for the development of Changi East, which includes building a mega passenger terminal, Terminal 5, as well as major drainage and other infrastructure works.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Changi has climbed steadily for more than 36 years, but with user charges set to increase substantially, is the airport flying into new and uncharted skies?

From July 1, travellers flying out of Singapore will pay a total departure charge of $47.30, up from $34 today. With an annual increase planned until 2024, the sum will balloon to $62.30 by then, almost double the charge now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Risk that higher fees may hurt Changi'. Print Edition | Subscribe