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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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Cebu Pacific asks Philippines government for extension of tax exemption

Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has requested the government for an extension of the tax exemption for all air and sea travel from the country to any locale within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), in line with the carrier’s newest foreign route between Zamboanga City and Sandakan, Malaysia. The BIMP-EAGA travel tax exemption covers all international travel in airports and seaports in the islands of Mindanao and Palawan to …

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UAE President issues Federal Decree that implements no VAT on air travel for residents

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree-Law No. 8, which removes value-added tax (VAT) on air travel. Air transport of passengers and goods which starts or ends in the state or passes through its territory, including related services, have been categorized as zero-rated under the law. “Flights from Dubai to Riyadh or to a third country will not be subject to VAT. This is good …

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Rising airport charges, high taxation, “shackle” airline industry, says Jet Airways Chairman

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal pointed to rising airport fees and levies as well as high taxes as factors that “shackle” the airline industry. Goyal addressed these in the airline’s annual report for 2016-2017, which was sent to shareholders ahead of their Annual General Meeting next month. He said that the current airport infrastructure has failed to match the rapid growth in passenger volumes and aircraft movement. However, the Jet …

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport to raise service charges

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has announced that they are increasing service charges at airports to make up for the costs of investment in the airport system in a bid to raise the quality of service. Regulation was released last week that indicated that take-off and landing charges would rise by 5% from October 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018, on average. It would actually vary based on rush hours, normal …

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German Economy Minister in favor of abolishing air passenger tax

German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries has come out and said that she is in favor of ending the nation’s air passenger tax. She explained that the excise duty has long been a subject of criticism by airlines and trade unions as they view it as an instrument that give domestic carriers, airports and passengers a bad deal. “The abolition of the tax could make our airlines a lot more competitive …

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Malaysian Aviation Commission seeks bill to collect charges from passengers at airports

The Malaysian government has tabled a Malaysian Aviation Commission amendment that seeks to impose and collect charges from passengers at airports in Malaysia. The move is seen as a vital measure that would guarantee that the commission would have ample resources to protect the rights and interests of consumers, and the development of the aviation industry in the country. The proposed provision aims to allow the commission to impose a …

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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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