Opinion is divided about the new ‘breathing tax’ imposed on domestic and international travellers at the Simon Bolivar International Airport of Maiquetia in Caracas, Venezuela.

It has long been known that airports are virtual incubators for bacteria; with the worst culprit being the air conditioning of the airports and aeroplanes. Bacteria from any ill passengers get into these systems are recycled over and over ensuring everyone gets a dose.

Simon Bolivar International Airport of Maiquetia. Photo: venezuelanalysis.com

Simon Bolivar International Airport of Maiquetia. Photo: venezuelanalysis.com

The Simon Bolivar International Airport of Maiquetia is now charging 127 bolivars ($22 Australian dollars) upon departure to pay for a new air conditioning system.

The Venezuelan Ministry of Water and Air Transport says the new air conditioning system deodorizies and sanitises the building, inhibiting bacterial growth and therefore ‘protecting the health of travellers.’

The imposition of this fee is yet another blow to the country’s tourist trade. Many countries have issued travel warnings because of security concerns in Venezuela. That, coupled with the country’s fragile economy is making many large carriers wonder about the profitability of routes into Venezuela.

The ‘breathing tax’ came into effect on July 1. It was followed by a storm of social media commentary – some saying a clean-up of air quality was long overdue, others outraged at a further (and possibly needless) fee.

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