Haneda to Raise PSFC Due to Consumption Tax Hike and Facility Expansions

Haneda to Raise PSFC Due to Consumption Tax Hike and Facility Expansions

Haneda Airport International Terminal

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The Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC) at Haneda Airport's International Terminal (address: 2 Haneda Airport, Ohta Ward, Tokyo) will go up starting on April 1, 2014.

To pay for a hike in Japan's consumption tax from 5% to 8% as well as for expanded facilities at the terminal, the building's operator, Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation (TIAT), applied to and received approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to raise the PSFC paid by all international travelers departing from the terminal (excluding infants who do not occupy their own seats on flights).

The new rate for departing travelers will be JPY 2,570 for adults (ages 12 and up; currently JPY 2,000) and JPY 1,280 for children (ages 2-11; currently JPY 1,000), while those making connections on international routes will pay an adult charge of JPY 1,280 (now JPY 1,000) and a child rate of JPY 640 (now JPY 500). The new PSFC will be applied to passengers on flights departing on April 1, 2014 and onward and who purchased their tickets on February 1 or later. The fee will be levied via the current "on-ticket method" by which it is included in the total fare when a ticket is issued.

Haneda Airport is in the midst of large-scale expansions to the International Terminal coinciding with an increase in international landing slots scheduled for the end of March 2014. TIAT says the purpose of levying the charge is to "apply it to expenses such as those for maintaining and administering public facilities used by passengers including the departures and arrivals lobbies, waiting rooms, concourses and bagging-handling equipment."

Narita International Airport, Chubu International Airport and Kansai International Airport are other Japanese airports that have already announced higher PSFCs to coincide with the consumption tax hike.