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Singapore's CAAS halts fee hikes for aviation firms

THE Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Thursday announced it will pause scheduled fee increases for this financial year, to help mitigate the "significant" impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry.

The freeze will apply to the following fees for the period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 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; and

- Fees for renewal of an approval or certificate for inspection, overhaul, repair, replacement and modification of aircraft or aircraft components. The approval or certificate must have been issued before Oct 31, 2017.

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Companies that have paid the stated fees at the increased rates will be refunded the increments via their original payment mode.

CAAS said that about 170 aviation companies will save some S$200,000 in total from this freeze in fees.

The move is on top of earlier support measures announced for the aviation sector to complement the government's Enhanced Aviation Support Package, which includes a 50 per cent rebate on regulatory fees for new and renewed certificates of airworthiness, estimated to save Singapore carriers about S$6 million in total.

The Enhanced Aviation Support Package also allows Singapore carriers and the airport operator to defer payment of certain fees by up to one year, amounting to about S$140 million worth of fees, as well as waives the airport development levy for passengers whose airline tickets are issued between April 13, 2020 and March 31, 2021 for travel over the same period.

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