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BARIN supported by the IATA Director General & CEO, urging Dutch Government to withdraw plan to tax air transportation

22 Feb07

IATA Director General & CEO, mr. G. Bisignani has send personal letters to the Ministers of Transport and Evironment in The Netherlands, urging the new Dutch Government to withdraw the proposal to introduce a taxation on air transportation; in support of objections expressed by the BARIN.


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Also the Dutch Travel Association ANVR ,the Dutch "Milieu- en Natuurplanbureau (MNP)", the liberal party VVD and many other parties have expressed very strong concerns regarding this taxation plan of the recently appointed new Dutch Government.

BARIN Chairman on (Environment) Airline Ticket Tax, as stated in his New Year's Address 2007:

- Air transport contributes a small part of global CO2 emissions—2%. By contrast, the air transport industry supports 8% of global economic activity. Even if all air travel stopped, the result is only a 2% global improvement in CO2 emissions. But the impact on global economies would be disastrous.

- Taxes are not the answer. They do nothing for the environment. And they kill the economic social benefits that air transport brings. A solution must be found that does not limit airlines' ability to invest in new technology.

- Environmental responsibility is a pillar of our industry alongside safety and security. We are the safest form of transport because of global standards and harmonisation. The same approach is needed to deliver the best results on environment issues.

- Such Tax doesn't contribute to environmental measures. It unjustifiably increases the price of airtransportation.

- There is an ongoing increasing demand for more mobility, and such a tax will victimise the airlines and their customers, i.e. the passenger.

- Level playing field world wide and for all transport modes is a "must", in case one insists on such a tax



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