AEA expresses disappointment
on the failure by the European Finance Ministers at their meeting in
Luxembourg to acknowledge once and for all that a tax on air tickets is the
wrong solution to a very important issue.
“The need for funds to be raised for humanitarian purposes, to relieve
poverty in Africa in particular, is not disputed. What the airlines are
concerned about is the suggestion that air travellers should be singled out
to be the one source for this income”, said Secretary General, Ulrich
Schulte-Strathaus. He further commented that airlines play an invaluable
role in supporting the economies of the very countries this tax is intended
to assist by enabling the development of tourism.
The paper before the Council Meeting for discussion yesterday suggested that
a ticket contribution would not require renegotiation of international
agreements and would be relatively simple to implement. It left the question
of whether contributions are to be mandatory or voluntary for decision by
Member States individually. The concerns of the industry were seemingly not
addressed with regard to distortion of competition, both within Europe and
internationally, and the practicalities of collecting contributions, the
level and nature of which remain unclear.
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