AEA enlightens contradictions about German tax on airline's ticket
Brussels, Belgium - They discourage passengers and at the same time want pouring money into the treasury
(WAPA) - In the world of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the word "Doublethink" was used to describe the holding, simultaneously, of two mutually-exclusive beliefs. The German Chancellor’s proposal to levy an ‘environmental’ tax on passengers at German airports, to help close the budget deficit, is truly Orwellian in its contradictions, according to the Association of European Airlines (AEA).
“The tax is supposed to help the environment by discouraging people from flying”, said AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, “while at the same time pouring a billion Euros into the treasury. But if a passenger flies and pays the tax, he is impacting the environment. If he doesn’t fly, the treasury doesn’t get his money. A classic example of doublethink”.
Germany is the world’s second-largest exporting nation, and exports account for half the national GDP. The same government that is proposing the tax, just months ago, was highlighting the contribution of the airline sector to its own economic recovery programme. “The tax will hit customers for German products, visiting their suppliers and salesmen for German companies, visiting their customers”, said the Secretary General. “Anything which makes travel more expensive, makes trade more expensive, and so holds up economic recovery. National economists will soon be seeing in their quarterly figures what happens to the country’s accounts when air transport is interrupted, as it was during the Icelandic volcano eruption”. But the greatest losers would be ordinary German citizens, hit hard in the pocket.
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