Flyers Foot Bill for 3rd Runway
From August 1, travelers using Hong Kong International Airport have to pay a surcharge to help fund construction of its $141.5 billion third runway. Departing first and business class passengers on long-haul flights will pay $180, while those on short-haul flights will pay $160. Departing economy class passengers will have to pay $160 on long-haul flights and $90 on shorthaul flights. Passengers in transit or transferring will have to pay a surcharge of $70. Our take: Why not just call it the White Elephant Tax?