European Commission concern over air departure tax

The European Commission and competition lawyers have expressed concern about the government’s proposed airport departure tax announced in last week’s budget.

18th October, 2008

The European Commission and competition lawyers have expressed concern about the government’s proposed airport departure tax announced in last week’s budget.

From the end of next March, a €2 departure tax is to be imposed on all flights of less than 300 kilometres, while longer flights will attract a €10 tax.

One senior competition lawyer in Dublin said the tax could be construed as state aid where it was imposed on internal...

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