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A Taxing Situation

By Linda Tancs

 In a bid to address the airlines’ contribution to global warming (ahem–assessed at 1.6% of all global greenhouse gas emissions by one group), Tony Blair’s successor-in-waiting (Gordon Brown) proposed a passenger air tax that doubles the existing tax on long-haul passenger flights.  As we’ve seen in the past, taxes come and taxes go.  On this side of the pond, the FAA recently proposed eliminating certain taxes such as the domestic segment tax, the Alaska/Hawaii tax and the frequent flyer tax.  International arrival and departure taxes would be somewhat reduced as well.

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