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ELFAA welcomes withdrawal of Dutch ticket tax
The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) has welcomed the decision of the Dutch Government to lift the tax on airline tickets, describing the decision as "enlightening".
The tax was discriminatory, says ELFAA, in that it was only levied on passengers starting their journey in the Netherlands, thus exempting cargo flights and transfer passengers. As ELFAA predicted, passenger travel to and from the Netherlands has suffered a significant fall since introduction of the tax, putting Dutch aviation at a competitive disadvantage within the EU. The Belgian Government has already abandoned a proposal to introduce a similar tax.
"The Dutch Government has taken the right decision in withdrawing this unjustified and dissuasive tax," declared the Association, "and ELFAA urges the Governments of the United Kingdom, Italy and Ireland to follow their lead."
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