NO MORE DEPARTURE TAX LINES AT MBIA
St George’s, May 07th 2010 -- Passengers departing Grenada from Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) in St. George are benefitting from a new travel procedure relating to the payment of departure tax.
>Since the inception of airline travel,
including at the former Pearl’s Airport in St. Andrew, passengers have
had to pay the tax at the airport on the day of travel.
The travel-day payment of the tax, which often led to lengthy lines of
anxious passengers waiting to board their planes, has now been
eliminated. Under a new policy, implemented from May 4, the tax is being
collected by the sales’ agent from whom a passenger purchases an
Tourism officials said they had consulted with travel agents and other
sector representatives, who were complaining about inconvenience being
faced by travellers – especially at peak departure times – as they lined
up to pay their departure tax at MBIA.
The new measure will make travel at MBIA more convenient, will have a
positive impact on passengers’ experience to the island, and is also in
keeping with international trends, said Hon. Glynis Roberts, Minister
for Tourism and Civil Aviation.