Farayi Machamire 14 February 2017
HARARE – Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has proposed a 100
percent increase in Aviation Infrastructure Development Fund (Aidef) – an
airport tax – to enable it to repay a loan for the upgrading of the Harare
Caaz chief executive officer David Chawota told the parliamentary
portfolio committee on Transport yesterday that the move would help
resource the agency.
“We need a review of Aidef from $5 to $10 for domestic departures and $15
to $30 for international departures,” Chawota said, admitting that
Zimbabwe had one of the highest airport taxes in the region.
Caaz’s three major revenue sources are passenger service fees, landing and
parking fees as well as navigation fees which contribute about 85 percent
of its total revenue.
Chawota said the agency’s target is to increase operational revenue by 17
percent from $35 million in 2016 to $40,7 million in 2017.
“The Aidef funds are the ones currently repaying the Victoria Falls
Airport loan….For the second batch of the loan, we have approached
government to ask for what was agreed upon before (which is $10 for
domestic departures $30 for international departures),” Chawota said,
adding “what we need is $180 million but we have been advised we can get
$153 million for the (upgrading of) Harare International Airport.”
Chairperson of the committee, Chegutu West Zanu PF MP Dexter Nduna,
expressed concern on what the hike would do to the country’s tourism
sector, to which Chawota replied: “The comparison we have done so far is
indicative that we are on the higher-end in the region.
“We are currently reviewing the total cost for Zimbabwe as a
destination…that is one of our strategies for 2017.”
The Aidef as well as the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) are payments due
to Caaz that are ordinarily collected by airlines on its behalf for future
Caaz has, however, assumed the role of collecting the PSC and Aidef
charges directly from Air Zimbabwe passengers, a scenario that was causing
a great deal of discomfort to passengers.
This situation has been made worse by the fact that Masvingo Airport and
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport have no swipe machines, with
passengers required to pay cash, parliamentarians heard yesterday.
However, Chawota assured legislators that Caaz was moving to become ICT
He also said passengers would soon revert to making the PSC and Aidef
payments to Air Zimbabwe saying the two were ironing out their