A new air-travel tax could be about to hit some travelers. The Netherlands announced a new tax bill this week that would make it more expensive to book airline tickets. The Dutch government is using the proposed tax bill as an option for closing the price gap between plane tickets and other forms of transportation. The bill would also bring in about €200 million (USD $226 million) for the government.
How much more will travelers in the Netherlands be shelling out if the bill becomes a reality? The bill that is drafted so far would see passengers paying a maximum of €7.50 (USD $8.51). Fun fact: cargo planes will also face extra fees of between €1.92 (USD $2.18) and €3.85 (USD $4.37). The actual amount that each cargo plane will pay will depend on how noisy the cargo plane is.
Why is this tax suddenly coming from what seems like out of the blue? Well, bus and train is already taxed by the Dutch government. However, international flights from the Netherlands aren’t as of right now. Many neighboring countries in Europe already impose flight taxes.
You may have heard that a report was leaked last week from the United Nations regarding a potential new tax on jet fuel from the European Commission to help cut carbon emissions (and also make air travel to the Netherlands slightly more expensive).
What’s more, the results of the conference that is set to take place this June regarding a European-level airline tax could impact a huge chunk of the world’s travelers. It’s going to be an interesting few months ahead!
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