Ryanair announced (17-May-2011) it would refund passengers who paid the EUR3 tourist tax on advance bookings. The LCC said affected passengers can apply for refund of the tax once the Irish government confirms the effective date for "the abolition of this damaging tax on visitors". No admin fees will apply to the refunds. Ryanair said it "continues to explore proposals for rapid traffic growth which it presented to the Department of Transport and has the potential to deliver up to 5 million incremental passengers p/a at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports over the next five years." [more]
Ryanair will refund EUR3 tourist tax once abolition confirmed
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