4 OCTOBER 2010


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Article from BTNews 4 OCTOBER 2010

German departure tax starts

Departing airline passengers out of Germany will have to pay a new tax on flights booked from 1 January 2011 with immediate effect.  The Federal Transport Minister admitted that the announcement was designed to stop travellers taking advantage by booking ahead.  Transit passengers will not be punished (another loss to UK airlines – see last week's COMMENT).  The tax is subject to Parliamentary approval.

Travellers will pay €8 for flights within Europe, €25 to medium haul destinations and €45 to long haul destinations regardless of the class.  On German domestic flights VAT is levied too (€9.52 in total). www.airberlin.com

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