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AIR PASSENGER TAX IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY

aea.be 26 Mar.09

The Dutch government has announced the scrapping of the air passenger tax, after it emerged that
receipts, which were lower than predicted, have been totally overshadowed by losses to the
economy. Fiscal revenues of about €300 million were massively offset by a cost to the economy
estimated at over €1 billion.

The tax, introduced in July 2008, added €11.25 to the price of a short‐haul ticket and €45 to a longhaul
journey. The outcome was predictable: almost a million passengers opted for alternative flights
from airports in Belgium and Germany. Indeed the Belgian government scrapped its own passengertax
proposals late last year, in recognition of the likely economic impact.

Said AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte‐Strathaus: “there is a growing distinction in Europe
between governments which see aviation and its customers as a cash cow, and those which
recognise that air transport is a national asset, a source of jobs and a driver of economic prosperity”.

He welcomed the Netherlands’ move from one camp to the other. “Coming on the eve of the
introduction of an air passenger tax in Ireland, it is heartening to see the Dutch government taking a
rational decision and sending a positive signal”.


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