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Taxation: Aviation

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on other countries which have an aviation duty based on (a) distance-banding and (b) distance-banding where distance is calculated for capital cities. (244328)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: France and the Netherlands have aviation passenger taxes which are similar to the UK's air passenger duty. The Republic of Ireland will introduce a similar tax in March 2009. All of these duties make a distinction based on the final destination of the passenger.

The French have a civil aviation passenger tax and a solidarity passenger tax both of which charge on whether the passenger is flying within Europe or elsewhere. The Netherlands uses a system based on distance to destination from airport of departure and the Irish plan to use distance from Dublin airport.