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Ryanair To Cut Flights To Greece Over Tax

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

20 April 2016


Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, will reportedly curtail flights to Greece this year because of the Greek Government's apparent refusal to cut ticket taxes.

Ryanair's Chief Commercial Officer David O'Brien told Greek newspaper Vima that Ryanair would conclude its summer schedule to Greece two months early after the airline failed to reach a compromise with the Government on the payment of the airport development levy.

Ryanair had asked that small airports be exempt from the levy for a period of five years. It also proposed a 50 percent reduction in the levy for Athens International Airport, but the requests were declined by the Government, according to O'Brien.

Under the levy, airlines must collect a EUR12 (USD13.60) fee from passengers traveling from Greece to destinations in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. The fee rises to EUR22 per passenger if their final destination is outside the EEA.

Ryanair argued that these concessions would enable it to carry more passengers to destinations in Greece and provide a timely boost for the country's tourism industry.

TAGS: tax | aviation | travel and tourism | Greece | Travel | Europe

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