Geneva - The International Air Transport Association commented on an announcement today by the German government on a proposed tax on kerosene (jet fuel).

“Germany’s plan to tax jet kerosene is a mistake. If the German government’s problem is a structural deficit, reducing Germany’s competitiveness by making air transport even more expensive is simply the wrong solution. In 2010 the German government averted this error and rejected a kerosene tax because they understood the economic damage it would do. And let’s also remember that costs in Germany are already high. German consumers already struggle with impacts of expensive infrastructure, a EUR 13-56 ticket tax, and face rising security charges. If the government needs to increase its overall tax revenue it should look to aviation as an economic catalyst to be nourished rather than as a cash cow,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.

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