Transport and Environment (T&E)

Austria joins air ticket tax club


Source: Transport and Environment (T&E)

The air ticket fee will be similar to the one Germany has introduced: it will be €8 for short-haul flights, and up to €35 for long-haul ones. The government also wants to charge a CO2 fee on road fuels of €0.05 for diesel and €0.04 for petrol (certain other taxes will be lowered), while car registration taxes will be cheaper for vehicles with lower emissions. The measures were announced in the country’s budget for 2011-14.

[Bullet] The British air ticket tax went up at the start of this month, the second rise in two years. The tax, called Air Passenger Duty, breaks the world down into four zones, with the most expensive (long-haul) tickets now attracting tax of €98 in economy class (up from €63) and €195 in any other class (up from €126).

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