Breen urges the Government to abolish the Air Travel Tax completely.

December 8th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Speaking during the debate on Financial Resolution No. 2 on the Air Travel Tax which gives effect to the changes in the tax as outlined by Minister Lenihan in the Dail last night Deputy Breen said:

Speaking as a Deputy who represents a constituency that is deeply affected by the air travel tax, it is clear the Government does not understand the aviation business.

Deputy Pat Breen: The cost of administering the tourism tax greatly outweighs the likely income from the tax. The Government has been selective in referring to countries which apply a similar tax. The Netherlands, for example, which has one of the busiest airports in Europe, Schiphol, abandoned its travel tax last year. It is one of the busiest airports around. There was a golden opportunity here but it has been missed. It is a sad reflection of how the Government—–
An Ceann Comhairle: I must put the question.

The motion was passed by the Government.