CAAS freezes fee increase for aviation companies
To help mitigate the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will freeze scheduled fee increases for this financial year.
The freeze will apply to the following fees for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021:
- Fees for inspection, testing or evaluation during the certification or approval process for the design, production or distribution of aircraft components or aircraft materials;
- Fees for safety inspections during the certification or approval process for the maintenance of aircraft or aircraft components;
- Fees for renewal of an approval or certificate1 for inspection, overhaul repair, replacement and modification of aircraft or aircraft components.
Companies which have already paid the stated fees at increased rates will have the increments refunded to them via their original payment mode.
About 170 aviation companies will save around S$200,000 in total. The freeze is on top of earlier help measures announced for the aviation sector to complement the Government’s Enhanced Aviation Support Package:
- 50% rebate on regulatory fees for new and renewed Certificates of Airworthiness, estimated to save Singapore carriers about S$6 million in total.
- Singapore carriers and the airport operator can defer payment of certain fees by up to one year, amounting to some S$140 million worth of fees in total.
- The Airport Development Levy (ADL)2, which is payable by passengers departing from or connecting through Singapore Changi Airport, is waived for passengers whose airline tickets are issued between 13 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 (both dates inclusive) for travel over the same period.