23 OCTOBER 2017
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Abolishing air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215bn (£192bn) over the next 12 years, according to a new study commissioned by the Airlines for Europe group (A4E).
A4E says the report, from PwC, shows benefits of such a move would grow from an additional €10.5bn in 2018 to €25bn a year by 2030. This would create 47,000 jobs in the two years following the taxes’ abolition and a total of 110,000 new jobs by 2030.
“The study demonstrates the impact of passenger taxes, which hinder economic growth and tourism,” the group said. “Countries which have scrapped them have seen a boom in air traffic which has benefited their economies.
“Member states cannot just close their eyes to reality once they understand the maximum economic benefit which would be unlocked through the removal of these taxes.”
A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said: “We urge European countries to remove these taxes, which are stifling the industry’s ability to deliver sustainable growth and bring economic and social benefits to Europe.
“This is in line with the European Commission’s strategic priorities: tapping into growth markets and tackling limits to growth in the air and on the ground.”
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