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Ryanair Threatening to Cut Flights to Belgium if Tax Goes Through

Belgium is planning on charging a €3 tax on airfares for all flights in the country and the tax is due to take effect on January 1, 2014.  Ryanair is now threatening to cut the number of flights they operate out of the Charleroi airport should Belgium go ahead with the implementation of the tax.  Ryanair operates over 80% of the flights out of Charleroi and have said that one in five flights will be cut.

As of now, the decision has been made by the Walloon administration to implement the tax, but it still has to be approved by the government of Belgium.  A spokesperson with Ryanair spoke of the studies that have shown the damage passenger taxes do to jobs and air traffic.  Jean-Jacques Cloquet, the head of Charleroi Airport, said he cannot understand the government’s decision to impose the tax, adding it could do a lot of damage in the Charleroi region.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

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