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GERMANY PROPOSES $33 DEPARTURE TAX…

Posted on 20 July 2010

Germany is the latest European nation to propose a tax on air passengers, potentially making it more expensive to fly between there and the U.S. Germany’s departure tax would be as high as $33 per flyer leaving on long-haul flights, such as trips to the U.S., according to a draft of the bill obtained by the AP. Shorter flights to other parts of the European Union would lead to a levy of more than $16. The proposed tax, which airlines would likely tack onto airfares, comes on the heels of similar levies imposed by Britain and Ireland. The Netherlands also had imposed a charge but rescinded it. Germany’s levy could lead to revenue of about $1.3 billion a year starting in 2011.

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