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Ryanair pins blame on UK’s high tourism tax for closure of Glasgow base and job layoffs

Ryanair would be reducing the number of routes that it operates from Glasgow, putting as much as 300 workers at risk of losing their jobs. Ryanair has pinned the blame on UK’s high tourism tax for the call to shut down its base at the popular Scottish city. The Glasgow base would be getting shut down in November and shift the plane that is located there to Edinburgh as well …

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IATA voices displeasure at Singapore’s new airport taxes and departure charges

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed its displeasure over the decision of Singapore to impose a new airport tax and higher departure charges to collect funds for new developments. The aviation trade body described the move as “unfair.” One airline – Jetstar Asia – came out and warned that the new charges would be carried on to passengers, with airfares for flights coming from Singapore expected to increase …

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Trump-backed plan to privatize airport traffic control system lacks support, says Congressman

The plan backed by United States President, Donald Trump, to privatize air traffic control is not gaining any traction as it lacks support. This was the sentiment of the Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Republican Representative Bill Shuster, who relayed in a statement that the “air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress.” However, Shuster pledge that …

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To help fix EU budget, end aviation’s tax break

By Bill Hemmings | Transport & Environment – euractiv.com The European Commission’s move to make it administratively easier to calculate and charge VAT on passenger transport is welcome and long overdue, writes Bill Hemmings. But instead of abolishing VAT breaks for airline tickets, the EU plan will make a weekend trip treated the same as “necessities” such as foodstuffs, or pharmaceutical products, he warns. Bill Hemmings is aviation director at sustainable transport group Transport & …

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Aviation stakeholders remain divided over Single African Skies

The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) has gained a lot of attention from stakeholders in the African aviation industry and at the world stage. The initiative has been around for a while now but only gathered steal after the regulators’ insistence to force-feed the plan to African carriers, which included that of Nigeria. In turn, the regulators along with local airlines and their respective governments are expected to get …

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Ryanair warns of growing business elsewhere if issue on APD is not addressed

Ryanair has decisively issued a stern warning to Stormont: address the burden of air passenger duty or run the risk of the airline developing its business somewhere else. Kenny Jacobs, the Chief Marketing Officer of Ryanair, said the tax levy amounting to £13 on every passenger was negatively affecting regions such as Northern Ireland Jacobs also stated that it “creates an economic hindrance.” The situation developed after Ryanair announced that …

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Philippine Airlines asks approval from aviation regulator to collect fuel surcharge on all destinations

The Philippines’ national carrier, Philippine Airlines, is seeking approval from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to allow them to collect fuel surcharge on all destinations to make up for the soaring costs of jet fuel prices. “We have filed a petition for a fuel surcharge, but it’s being acted by CAB. There will be some hearings. I hope that they can act on it as soon as possible,” said PAL …

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Airlines for America calls for Congress to reject tax hikes on airline customers

Airlines for America (A4A) has called for Congress to deny increases to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) security fees just as the administration rebuffed an undeserved increase in the passenger facility charge (PFC). Congress should instead turn its attention on returning billions of dollars that were channeled from TSA and CBP to pay for non-aviation related purposes, rather than increase taxes on the public as …

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Price of domestic UK flights could be reduced after Brexit as Ministers consider amendment to Air Passenger Duty

Ministers revealed that the price of flights within the United Kingdom could be reduced right after Brexit as part of possible changes that would be made to the Air Passenger Duty. At the moment, passengers that are flying in economy class originating from a UK airport on a short haul flight is charged £13 in APD. On internal flights, they also have to pay the same fee on the return …

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Norwegian to abolish a US route due to postponement of reduction of air taxes

Norwegian is set to abolish its flights to Bradley in Connecticut in March and reduce frequency on two other US routes after Ministers postponed a reduction in air taxes. Its flights from Edinburgh to Stewart as well as to Providence in Rhode Island, would also be cut down from daily to just four each week. An industry expert called the routes’ “load factors” as “poor” with the Providence route garnering …

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