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No more Damascus Airport departure tax

June 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Travel

Damascus Airport has finally included departure tax into ticket prices, as of today.

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It means most passengers (starting with Syrianair) will no longer be hit by the 1500L surprise at the airport. Instead, tickets sold in Syria and abroad are all increasing by $30.

The departure stamp is a major cause of frustration, with many passengers forgetting to buy it, or being held in the queue for far too long. This change brings Syria in line with most countries, which charge tax at the point of purchase.

It also makes the system far more transparent – you know how much your journey costs when you book it, not when you arrive at the airport.

On a return flight from Damascus to London, you will now pay $150 UK tax and $30 Syrian tax.

(Passengers who bought tickets before today may still have to buy the stamp at the airport.)

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yazan // Jun 16, 2009 at 4.46 pm

    Heathrow has $150 tax????!

  • 2 Sasa // Jun 16, 2009 at 4.50 pm

    Yep! The UK has one of the highest in the world. Basic air passenger duty is £55 ($88) and then there is a collection of compulsory insurance levies and other taxes which push it up to around £100 ($150). US airlines even threatened legal action over it!

  • 3 Jonathan McKay // Jun 17, 2009 at 5.51 pm

    Right when I leave, too.

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