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22/01/2024 By : Albert Jennings, GIA Germany

Higher Ticket Tax starts in May

The increase in ticket tax on flights decided by the German government is to come into force on May 1, 2024. It will rise from EUR 12.73 per passenger to EUR 15.53 euros for flights within Germany or Europe. For journeys of more than 6,000 kilometers, EUR 70.83 euros will be charged instead of EUR 58.06.

The increase in the air traffic tax is one of several measures from the savings package for the 2024 budget. According to the German Press Agency, the cabinet approved a so-called formulation aid for a draft bill on Monday, which the coalition parties can now introduce in the Bundestag.

The tax affects all passengers on flights departing from German airports. The airlines will initially have to pay the surcharges, which will then probably be passed on to passengers.

Additional costs of around 400 million euros for airlines

In 2024, the higher ticket tax is expected to generate additional tax revenue of 400 million euros, with the federal government calculating an additional 580 million euros in each of the following years.

The federal budget for this year is to be passed by the Bundestag at the end of January after the Budget Committee votes on the amendments in mid-January. The budget could pass the Bundesrat at the beginning of February.

(ReiseVor9, Jan8, 2024)

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