From: A.M. Estevez To: The Lad,Jill,michael,gavin,jill,johnson source New York Times article Dubai airport transfer time: the biggest travel headache article From the Times of London: A man who wanted to fly to New York on a domestic flight from Dubai to the U.S. said his visa was denied because the airline’s airport transfer fee was more than $1,000.
He is one of more than 3,000 passengers who say they have had to change flights or pay extra fees because of the airport transfer program.
The program is part of an overhaul to the nation’s economy to help airlines cut costs, increase revenue and attract more business to the Middle East.
At least $1.2 billion was allocated in fiscal 2015 for airport transfers.
About 1,000 people, including more than 600 from the United States, have had their passports confiscated by Dubai airport authorities since the program was introduced in 2012, according to an Associated Press tally.
More than 6,000 others have been forced to pay $3 to $4 to change planes, according the Associated Press.
“This is a nightmare,” said David Bader, a lawyer from New York who has represented more than 30 people who have been turned away from Dubai airports, citing fees and delays at the airport.
The airport transfer policy is supposed to allow airlines to avoid the costly, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous process of traveling through the airport to get to their destinations.
But many airlines, including Delta, American and United, have complained that the fee is not set for a certain number of days or weeks.
The travel agency said it had to pay about $500 a day to cover the transfer fees and that it does not have a “tourist card” that would let it book tickets for passengers without a visa.
According to the AP tally, about 6,200 passengers have had passports confiscated, including about 4,000 from the U to New England.
Some passengers have said they were not aware of the fee.
Doha airport transfer rules apply to domestic flights, as well as to international flights.
Airport transfers to and from Dubai are free.
However, some airlines, especially American, are charging extra fees to book tickets.
Some airlines are refusing to book passengers who are not able to pay the airport fee because they have been denied a visa, according.
In June, a passenger who was denied a domestic ticket from Dubai was told he would have to pay an extra $100 to travel to New Orleans.
After flying from Dubai, a woman in the United Arab Emirates said she was told she would have no choice but to pay a $1 fee.
She flew home in the middle of the night and had to drive the 2½ hours to the United Kingdom, according for the AP.
On Monday, Delta, a regional airline, told passengers it would charge $1 to book flights from the Dubai airport to the Bahamas, but only if the person can show proof of being a U.A.E. national.
Delta also said it would waive the fees on international flights from Dubai.
Other airlines, such as American, American Express and Frontier, said they did not charge the fees.
As a result, many passengers have been turning to travel agencies for help, the AP said.
An American Airlines spokeswoman said the airline was “committed to providing the best service possible for all our passengers, regardless of the reason for their rejection.”