Stopp the disadvantages for Germany
Besides other charges and fees, Germany is one of the few countries in Europe, that demands a direct aviation tax. This tax is another burden for all airlines taking off at German airports. Annually this tax contributes about one billion euros to the budget of the German Government. The tax does not only affect German airlines but also all international airlines and their passengers taking off in Germany. This is a major obstacle for growth. The government also burdens the airlines with a notable bureaucracy and administration effort in regard to administration of these taxes. Further charges are caused by the respective general and supervising administration duties which have to be done by federal administration. In addition, airlines that are not located in Europe are obliged to deploy a tax consultant.
Conclusion: The aviation tax damages the whole industry and the business location Germany. In evaluation reports even the Federal Ministry of Finance states that the charge leads to the loss of about two to five million passengers annually. Therefore national aviation tax is an unacceptable subsidiary program for airports in neighboring countries just across the border. These airports have record passenger growths of up to 23 percent since the introduction of the aviation tax in Germany. BARIG strongly appeals to the government and all politicians, to abolish the aviation tax in order to balance the massive competitive disadvantage for airlines operating in Germany.