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Airlines attack ‘cash-grab’ German tax

16 June 2010

Airlines reacted furiously to plans announced by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to raise €1 billion from a new “‘eco tax’” on aviation.

Lufthansa said it was a black day for the sector, while the industry’s trade association denounced it as a “‘cash grab’” and a “‘kick in the teeth’” for airlines and passengers alike.

Few details have been established, but Ms Merkel said that the new departure tax would contribute €1 billion this year to proposed budget savings of €80 billion in the period to 2014.

source: Times Online

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