The Member of Parliament for Evalue-Gwira in the Western Region, Catherine Afeku, is advocating for the amendment of the Airport Tax Amendment Act 2010 ( ACT 813) to raise more funds internally for the expansion and the development of the airport receptive facilities.
The Airport Tax Amendment Act 813 was amended in 2010 to increase the airport service charges from USD60 to USD75 and above for both domestic and international flights.
This means that anyone travelling by air currently in Ghana might be paying between USD75 and USD100 as indirect tax to the state. Under the Act, 60% of the revenues generated goes to the consolidated fund while 40% is left for the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Company Limited for the purposes of expansion and development of the various airports across the country.
Speaking in an interview with Adom News, Catherine Afeku who is also a member on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport said, the Act should be amended so that all the internally generated funds by the Ghana Airports Company will be channeled into the development of the airports.
She explained that the aviation industry in the country is growing rapidly, considering the rate at which domestic and international flights are increasing in recent times and judging from the number of airline companies registering in Ghana.
The MP stated that it is imperative to allow the Ghana Airports Company keep all the revenue it generates, rather than putting part of it into the consolidated fund.
The MP questioned the wisdom in the continuous borrowing of money by government for the expansion and development of airports in the country since enough revenue is being generated from the Airport Service Charge.
She said “it will be unnecessary for the government to go for loans with huge interests that will be paid by the next generation when enough money is generated into the consolidated funds that can be used to develop the necessary infrastructure of the various airports”.