Airlines agree to fully refund Air Passenger Departure Tax (APDT)
There were cases reported by the SIPA members that a number of airlines did not refund the APDT in full to passengers. Having negotiated with the airlines concerned, SIPA successfully convinced airlines to rectify the inequitable practice in terms of withholding the refundable tax amount at airlines’ discretion.Airlines purport to collect airport and government taxes on behalf of the relevant authorities. It is not part of the air fare and airlines should refund in full the APDT to passengers in accordance with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation APDT Ordinance (Cap 140) Section 14 (1) via their ticketing agents for ticket refunds of all fare types, inclusive of normal and conditional fares. No charge shall be payable for such refund.