ABTA to Write to German Government about New Aviation Tax

ABTA to Write to German Government about New Aviation Tax

ABTA is to seek confirmation that the German Government will axe a new aviation tax which adds 25 Euros on flights to the UK. The German Government confirmed the introduction of the tax on 1 September as part of a package to reduce the German deficit. However it has not reconfirmed that it will axe the tax in 2012 when the EU’s emission trading scheme [ETS] comes into effect. “The introduction of this tax is a seriously regressive step that will impact on UK visitor numbers to Germany and Germans coming to the UK,” said ABTA Head of Public Affairs Luke Pollard. “The German Government has previously stated that this tax would be a temporary measure and abolished in 2012 when the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme [ETS] comes into effect and we will be writing to obtain confirmation that this is still their intention. In addition ABTA also believes strongly that the UK’s own aviation tax APD should also be reconsidered when we enter ETS in two years time.”

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