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Free Democrats pick new fight over airport tax

The Local · 16 Jul 2010, 07:50

Published: 16 Jul 2010 07:50 GMT+02:00

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Free Democrat (FDP) deputy parliamentary leader Patrick Döring told daily Bild the tax needed an overhaul. It was not fair, he said, that ordinary people going on holiday had to fork out extra charges while private jets got to avoid the tax.

He also demanded that business travellers and the wealthy pay a fairer share of the burden.

“First class travellers must pay more,” he said. “This way, the charge for the ordinary passenger can clearly be lowered.”

Under the present plan, passengers leaving German airports would pay a flat rate of €13 for short flights and €26 for long-haul flights. Transit passengers, freight, military flights and private jets are all exempt.

Chancellor Merkel’s centre-right coalition announced the charges just over a month ago as part of its effort would slash €80 billion from the budget by 2014. The airport tax would aim to raise €1 billion a year to funnel into the government’s severely drained coffers.

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Döring’s criticism is the latest in a series of public rows between Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and their junior coalition partners, the FDP, with many of the disagreements centring on tax policy.

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08:57 July 16, 2010 by twisted
Please !!! It really would be most unfair to ask the private jet owners to pay an airport tax. Most of the wealthy are already overburdened with hardships of one sort or another. Just having to mingle with Hoily-poily is enough to upset their day.
10:36 July 16, 2010 by whiteriver
The arguments from Döring are very silly. This way is easy for the CDU coalition to just say: Ok, we're going to also tax anyone flighting in an private jet and add 5 eur more to first class passengers.

Then the whole point of adding an unfair tax is lost.........
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