Scrapping Dutch flight tax would raise EUR 1.3 billion

12th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Flight tax earnings has fallen short of EUR 300 million as passengers opt to fly from neighbouring countries, reports a Dutch travel association.

THE NETHERLANDS – Scrapping the flight tax will generate EUR 1.3 billion for the Dutch economy, reveals an investigation conducted by a travel association in the Netherlands.

The report by the Dutch Association of Travel Agents shows that almost one million passengers have travelled to airports in neighbouring countries such as Belgium or Germany to avoid paying the flight tax.

The flight tax, which was introduced in June 2008, was intended to help reduce environmental pollution. Travellers departing from the Netherlands have to pay EUR 11.25 for flights of up to 2,500 kilometres and EUR 45 for longer flights.

The introduction of the tax has made Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport one of the most expensive in Europe.

The investigation also revealed that the tax's actual earnings have fallen far short of the expected EUR 300 million.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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