Ryanair calls on govt to axe the EU 10 tourist tax
Friday 2, April 2010
Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (1st Apr 10) called on the Irish Govt to axe the €10 tourist tax after 4m fewer passengers (a slump of 13%) travelled through Irish Airports in the first 12 months of the tax.
While Irish traffic and tourism is devastated by this €10 tourist tax, Ryanair has continued to grow traffic strongly in those EU countries which don’t tax tourists, have competitive low cost airports and are more attractive to visitors than Ireland.
Recent independent analysis of Summer 2010 capacity across 25 airports shows capacity and traffic will grow in those EU countries which have scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges (in some cases to zero) while Ireland suffers a 13% cut in summer 2010 capacity leading to further traffic and visitor collapses at the high cost DAA airports. These figures prove that the Irish Govt is wrong in claiming that Ireland’s decline is “an international phenomenon” while the rest of Europe grows, Irish traffic is collapsing because of the €10 tourist tax and the 40% increase in DAA fees.
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:
“The first 12 months of the Govt’s €10 tourist tax shows that while Irish traffic collapsed by over 4million passengers Ireland’s biggest airline, Ryanair, grew by more than 7million. The Irish Govt’s €10 tourist tax continues to damage Irish tourism while Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Holland and Spain return to growth having scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges, in some cases to zero.
“Ireland cannot grow tourism by taxing tourists and raising airport charges. The Govt should ‘axe the tax’ and slash the DAA’s high charges as a matter of urgency before even more damage is done to Ireland’s vital tourism industry by this Government’s €10 tourist tax”.
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