Dubai Airports charging a fee to fly through them because of oil crash

Dubai International Airport Passenger Fees

Officials in Dubai have found a new way to raise money during the oil crash. Fliers passing through Dubai Airports will pay a 35 Emirati dirham (about $10) fee starting on June 30.

Children under two, cabin crew, and transit passengers leaving on the same flight will be exempt from the fee.

The measure was approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world with about 7.3 million people passing through the airport in January 2016.

Airport charges are not uncommon and most often used to maintain the infrastructure at airports as they age.

However, in Dubai, the new airport charges will be transferred to the government’s treasury to help make up for money being lost with oil’s price crash.

A $10 airport fee is a much less radical plan than those offered by other Middle Eastern countries. The government of Saudi Arabia revealed in January that it is considering an initial public offering for the state-owned oil company Aramco.