Falling oil revenues led to the initiative, which will fund renovations and expansions for the airport.
A new fee will be implemented to all travelers leaving Dubai’s airport to help pay for improvements and expansions onsite. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the announcement on Wednesday, saying every exiting passenger, even those with connecting flights, will have to pay 35-dirhams ($9.50) for flights leaving after June 30 that have been booked starting March 1.
With oil revenues falling, these fees will go toward the necessary expansion of Dubai International Airport’s new Concourse D, Terminal 2, and the renovation of Terminal 1. More than 78 million passengers came through in 2015 and after opening concourse D in February, the airport can now handle 90 million. These projects are likely to keep Dubai in the top spot for busiest international airport (it beat out London’s Heathrow in 2014).
Al-Maktoum International, Dubai’s smaller second airport, opened in 2013 and is expected to take on 120 million passengers a year once it is finished.