Dutch government confirm abolition of airport tax

The Dutch government has confirmed it is abolishing flight tax after just one year in a bid to boost the nation’s economy.

The tax was introduced on 1 July 2008 and was charged to all passengers flying from Dutch airports, but it is to be abolished from 1 July 2009 - a move which has sparked other countries, including the UK, to lobby governments to copy.

The tax for short-haul flights was €11.25, and €45 for long-haul passengers.
The Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) said scrapping the tax will bolster Holland’s international competitive position.

“Accessibility and affordability of Holland as a destination is essential,” a spokesman said.

“Furthermore, the NBTC expects that axing of the flight tax will also stimulate carriers to soon amend their investment plans and commitments in relation to routes and frequencies to Holland that were temporarily frozen.”