Germay implements new departure tax
Germany's Government announced the final details of its new passenger levy, which is schedule to come into effect on all flights from 01-Jan-2011 and on tickets booked from 01-Sep-2010 (Business Traveller, 01-Sep-2010). Passengers will be charged EUR8 for flights in Europe, EUR25 on flights of 2,500 to 6,000km and EUR45 on flights to long-haul destinations. Earlier drafts of the legislation proposed a EUR13 charge on flights under 2,550km and a EUR26 charge on flights beyond that distance. The levy is expected to raise EUR1.2 billion p/a, and is part of the German Government's EUR80 billion cost-cutting and fund-raising package.