Daily Archives: 14 May, 2008

Travel just got a little more expensive

Yesterday’s budget increased the Australian departure tax to $47, making it $9 more expensive to leave the country. Not a huge increase in itself but The Age article observes

‘The Tourism and Transport Forum had calculated that even before the latest increase, up to a fifth of the cost of some tickets consisted of government taxes and charges, including an Air Services Australia levy, a meteorological services charge and, at Sydney airport, a noise levy.’

Update:

According to the ABC passport fees will also increase by 4 per cent, and visa application fees will jump by $25. Guess I’ll get around to renewing my passport sooner rather than later.

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Air Asia: Gold Coast – Kuala Lumpur $137 INCLUDING taxes

Overnight Airaisa have confirmed our earlier post regarding a free flights promotion running until the 16th of May. Flights from $137 each way Gold Coast – Kuala Lumpur including taxes and charges for travel 10th of June 2008 – 30 April 2009. Interestingly, this overlaps with the expected launch of AirAsia flights to London in March 2009 and if there are startup bargains to be had it could turn out to be an EXTREMELY cheap period to travel to Europe.

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