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Latin America: Increase in aviation taxes and fees hampering growth in region

Opportunistic governments in Latin America that see air travel as an easy tax target, resulting in higher taxes and fees, have led to hindered growth in the region’s aviation sector. International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Vice President for the Americas, Peter Cerda, cited Chile as an example. Chile charges $1 per passenger that goes to the government’s aid initiatives in Africa and other similarly developing locales. This fee affects …

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Aviation experts looking for smarter, more stringent aviation policies for Africa

Aviation experts from across the African continent and beyond, are looking for smarter and more stern aviation policies that would help facilitate the growth of the airline industry in the region. The delegates were part of the opening of the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and its summit at the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The AGA and the summit is the biggest air transport gathering …

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IATA calls for lower taxes and airport charges

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for reduction in taxes and airports’ charges as it believes that it could deny passengers the benefits of inexpensive air travel in the next decade. According to an IATA study, airports all over the world have raised charges and taxes in the last few years. Data shows that international air travelers departing from 13 airports in Africa have to pay anywhere between …

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Airlines for Europe joins call for changes to European aviation laws

Lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) has joined lawmakers in calls for changes to European airport charges, air traffic control and travel taxes. The move was made during a significant tourism conference that tackled the prospect of having more than one billion passengers arrive in Europe this year. A4E Managing Director Thomas Reynaert reiterated his organization’s support for the cause, saying, “A4E supports the first priority of the European Commission …

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American Airlines CEO says plans to raise passenger fees a divisive issue

A plan to increase passenger fees to back airport improvements is going to be a divisive issue that will be debated over for a while, says American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. “It’s something we’re just not going to agree on. We’re opposed; we’re going to remain opposed,” said Parker during the annual Airports Council International-North America conference in Forth Worth. Airports are pushing hard for federal lawmakers to raise the …

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Vietnam set to increase airport fees in October

Airport fees in Vietnam are set to be increased in October to offset maintenance costs, boost service quality, and pay back some of the state investments in aviation infrastructure. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) announced this startling development. Airport taxes for domestic passengers will rise 30% at major airports like Tan Son Nhat, Danang, Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc, and Noi Bai, and 21% at second tier aviation hubs …

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EU gives green light on Irish Air Tax exemption

The European Commission has approved an exemption for transfer and transit passengers from the Irish air travel tax (ATT). Ireland’s ATT was reduced to a zero rate in April 2014. Previously, the ATT had been imposed at a headline rate of EUR3 (USD3.44) for each passenger leaving from an Irish airport. A EUR2 rate applied where the flight was headed towards a destination not more than 300 kilometers from Dublin …

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MSP green light Air Departure Tax in Scotland

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have voted to change Air Passenger Duty (APD) with an Air Departure Tax (ADT) starting in April of next year. The MSPs overwhelmingly gave their approval with a vote of 108-11. However, the rate at which the tax would be established would be much talked about when it is decided on later this year. The Scottish government wants to cut the new tax by …

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IATA asks Kenyan government to adopt better policies to help aviation sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged Kenya’s government to help its aviation sector grow by abolishing red tape and heavy fees. IATA Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Muhammad Ali Albakri counseled that the key to this was for Kenya to adopt favorable air transport policies. “By adopting policies that ensure a competitive operating environment for the airlines, Kenya could reap even greater dividends from …

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Zimbabwe government asked to revise airport fees

Members of Parliament have lobbied for the government to take a long and hard look at the airport fees that is being charged by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) if the country were to improve the state of its aviation industry. Bulawayo South Parliament Member Eddie Cross said a recalibration of the fees is essential to Zimbabwe’s competitiveness in the international aviation market. “We have got to be …

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