Ministers sign legislation introducing unified passenger fee for all Greek airports

A fee imposed on the airline tickets of passengers travelling from all Greek airports will be set at 12 euros for all destinations following a new amendment tabled on Wednesday by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis.

The change will take effect as soon as 14 regional airports come under the control of German operator Fraport and stay into effect until November 1, 2024. After that date, the fee, known as the “modernization and development tax” (or spatosimo), will drop to three euros for all passengers departing from the airports.

The amendment lowers the age of passengers who are required to pay the fee to two years of age from a current five. According to the government, this will greatly increase revenues.

Until today, the tax imposed different charges depending on the final destination. It was 12 euros for passengers traveling to airports within the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, and climbed to 22 euros for passengers whose final destination is outside these countries.

“The fee should be unified for all airports regardless of the final destination of departing passengers, for reasons of equal treatment of passengers who start from different airports, to create healthy competition between airports and for practical reasons of uniform application,” the amendment states.