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Ireland reduces air passenger duty
December 13th, 2010 by elisa

In a bid to boost tourism, Ireland has decided to reduce its air passenger duty from  €10 to €3 starting in March 2011 until the end of the year when it will review its effectiveness.

However,it says the tax will be increased unless the airlines give “an appropriate response”.

Minister for finance, Brian Lenihan said: “I do not want to see the reduction in the tax being used by airlines as an opportunity to raise their fees and charges.”

The tax, paid by passengers departing from Irish airports, was introduced less than two years ago.

Ryanairchief Michael O’Leary said the reduction would do nothing to reverse a drop in air traffic as it was outweighed by a hike in airport fees.

What do readers of this blog think about the reduction? Will it make you more likely to visit Ireland?


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