21-Sep-2010 11:31 AM

Spanish Prime Minister considers tax on flights in Spain

Spain's Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, called for a new tax to be imposed on flights in Spain, under incentives to combat poverty (Typically Spanish, 20-Sep-2010). Mr Zapatero suggested that the additional charge on airfares could be voluntary, but that the money raised should go to development aid. He noted the 12 countries have collected EUR160 million p/a from charges on international flights.