Flying out of Changi Airport will soon become slightly more expensive, as the airport authorities implement previously-planned fee hikes delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Departing passengers will pay S$59.20 for tickets issued from 1 November 2022 onwards, up from S$52.30 currently. This fee will further increase to S$62.20 from April 2023, and S$65.20 from April 2024. Any tickets issued before 1 November 2022 will enjoy the current fees, even if travel is on or after 1 November 2022.
While this may not have a visible impact on cash tickets (since airport fees are folded into the total ticket price, and airlines may adjust fares downwards to keep overall prices competitive), it will make a difference to passengers redeeming frequent flyer miles.
Changi Airport’s fee increases
Changi Airport originally announced in 2018 that the Passenger Service & Security Fee (PSSF) for passengers departing from Changi Airport would increase from S$35.40 in 2020 to S$37.90 in 2021 and S$40.40 in 2022.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hikes were suspended, such that the PSSF has remained at S$35.40 to date. Changi will now move forward with the planned increase as follows:
- From 1 November 2022, PSSF will increase to S$40.40
- From 1 April 2023, PSSF will increase to S$43.40
- From 1 April 2024, PSSF will increase to S$46.40
There will also be an increase in the Aviation Levy (AL) for passengers departing from Changi Airport, which is currently S$6.90
- From 1 November 2022, AL will increase to S$8
- No further increases are planned for 2023 and 2024
Changi Airport also imposes an Airport Development Levy (ADL) of S$10.80, ever since July 2018. This goes towards funding Terminal 5, and remains unchanged.
The upshot is that a passenger departing from Changi Airport will pay S$59.20 in airport taxes for tickets issued from 1 November 2022, versus S$52.30 now.
|🇸🇬 For Flights Originating From Changi|
|Current||From 1 Nov 22|
|Passengers Service & Security Fee||S$35.40||S$40.40|
|Airport Development Levy||S$10.80||S$10.80|
This will further increase to S$62.20 from 1 April 2023, and S$65.20 from 1 April 2024.
Do note that the increase in fees applies to tickets issued from 1 November 2022 onwards. In other words, you can book a ticket before 1 November 2022 for travel on/after 1 November 2022 and still pay the existing fees, as the screenshot below shows.
|❓ Why am I being charged more than S$52.30?|
S$52.30 are the fees collected by Changi Airport from departing passengers. Some airports charge fees to arriving passengers as well.
For example, a one-way Economy Class redemption from SIN-SFO has S$76.40 of fees. This is broken down into:
The fees in bold are collected by the USA authorities from arriving passengers. Countries which impose fees on arriving passengers include Australia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, UAE and the USA.
If you’re reviewing the charges on your ticket and want to know which country is responsible for what, you can look up the codes on this page.
What about transit and arriving passengers?
There is no change to the fees applicable for transiting through Changi, which will remain at S$9.
|🛬🛫 For Flights Transiting Through Changi|
|Current||From 1 Nov 22|
|Passengers Service & Security Fee||S$6||S$6|
|Airport Development Levy||S$3||S$3|
Singapore does not charge arriving passengers any fees.
How do fees compare with other airports in the region?
Changi Airport’s fees are already notably higher than other airports in the region, a gap which will only increase further from November.
|Depart From||Departing Passenger Fees|
|🇭🇰 Hong Kong||HKD 265 (S$47.57)|
|🇻🇳 Vietnam||US$27 (S$38.04)|
|🇹🇭 Thailand||THB 750 (S$28.56)|
|🇮🇩 Indonesia||IDR 240,000 (S$22.65)|
|🇹🇼 Taiwan||TWD 500 (S$22.53)|
|🇲🇾 Malaysia||MYR 44 (S$13.69)|
|🇵🇭 Philippines||US$9.60 (S$13.52)|
Still, I know which airport I’d rather be flying out of…
Singapore Changi Airport will be increasing airport charges for departing passengers by 13% for tickets issued from 1 November 2022, with further increases of 5% each from 1 April 2023 and 1 April 2024.
While this will affect all tickets, those redeeming frequent flyer miles will bare the full brunt of the increase (airlines may tweak their base fares to keep the overall cost of cash tickets competitive, thereby absorbing some of the fees). It’ll be more of an annoyance than a deal breaker, but still worth taking note of.