China Civil Aviation Development Fund

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
China Civil Aviation Development Fund is collected for the development of airport facilities. This fund is called airport tax abroad. In China, the Civil Aviation Development Fund amounts to CNY90 (around US$13) for international flights, CNY50 (about US$7.3) for domestic flights and CNY10 for branch flight routes.

According to the regulations issued by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), passengers under the following four conditions are exempt from paying the Civil Aviation Development Fund:

1. Children under 12 (or at 12) with half-fare tickets
2. Passengers holding diplomatic passports on international, Hong Kong or Macau flights
3. International passengers in transit through domestic airports, but stay within the airport waiting hall
4. Passengers taking domestic planes for transit on the day (within an 8 hour interval to the next flight)

In China, the Civil Aviation Development Fund will be charged at CNY10 for those passengers taking the domestic feeder-lines of the following aircrafts:
Aircraft Name Aircraft Code
CESSNA208(大篷车) 208
ATR-72 AT7
新舟60 EM4
冲8-400 DH8
运12 YN2

 Airport Construction Fee:
The present Civil Aviation Development Fund collected from April 1, 2012 acturally is the former airport construction fee, which has been charged for passengers taking China flights for years, and been included in the airfare and listed in the tax item on the ticket since September 1, 2004. First charged in 1992, the airport construction fee should have been cancelled by 2005 according to the document that the Ministry of Finance of China released in 2002, but its expiration time has been put off to 2012.

In recent years, calling off the airport construction fee is always a heated topic. Many people and public media think that the CAAC takes advantage of its monopoly to charge this fee. From 1992 to 2005, the airport construction fee that the CAAC has accumulated is more than CNY 30 billion. The fee has been raised in recent years according to the rising popularity of  domestic flights. It has reached CNY 14.7 billion in 2011. However, the how the fee has been used is a very complicated problem. The CAAC explains that they turn over a sum of money to the State Treasury each year. One part of the money is controlled by the State Financial Budget; and the other is used to develop the local airport construction.

Is it a misunderstanding between ordinary people and the CAAC, or isn't this regulation transparent enough? It is believed that with the improvement of the state system, people can draw a correct conclusion to this discussion.

From April 1 , 2012, the CAAC replaced the Airport Construction Fee with the Civil Aviation Development Fund, which is now collected according to the same regulations as the previous Airport Construction Fee.

- Last updated on Mar. 20, 2019 -
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