Effective today [March 1,2019], Airline companies using the Terminal Three facility at the Kotoka International Airport will pay 5 dollars per hour for using the counters at the facility.
The new fee which is known as the Check-in Counter fee, was disclosed in a letter sent by the Ghana Airport Company to the Airline companies.
The Check-in Counters are the counters used by the airlines to verify passengers passports, tickets and luggage.
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The new fee means an airline company that uses three counters for three hours a day will now pay at least 9000 dollars every month—a cost that will definitely be passed on to passengers.
According to reports, the Ghana Airport Company has served a letter to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as notice to the international community.
Meanwhile, Airline companies operating in Ghana have been lamenting about what they say is a high cost of operation in the country, citing among other charges an additional hourly charge of 120 dollars for using the aero bridges and high rent of office space at the airport.
Although the Check-in Counter fee is a standard fee paid by airlines in other jurisdictions, some airline companies in the country believe the $5 is excessive and should be slashed by 50%.