German Transport Minister, Peter Ramsauer, has called for the German parliament to consider an air passenger tax that would see all passengers entering Germany by air.
The controversial move has seen lobby groups protesting against the tax, claiming that it would decrease the number of tourists and jobs in the country.
German airline association, BDF told the media that it expects up to 10,000 jobs to be lost as a result of the tax, in addition to passenger numbers dropping by up to 5 million per year. It would take a great chunk out of the 182 million passenger yearly average recorded in 2009.
The country’s Economy Minister on the other hand has refuted BDF’s claims, stating that he doubted the tax would cut passenger traffic.
Two of Germany’s largest airlines – Lufthansa and Air Berlin – are against the proposal, due to the fact they would need to pass on the cost of the tax to passengers.
Passengers travelling from up to 2,500km away are set to be slugged 13 euros, while passengers travelling from further distances would be hit with the full 26 euro tax amount.
We will keep you posted as the proposal moves through German parliament.