Easyjet will fly more if extra tax scrapped

Budget airline Easyjet has written to the cabinet offering to increase flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport if the government scraps the extra tax on tickets introduced last July, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.

If the tax is scrapped, Easyjet will invest in extra fights for one million passengers, creating 2,000 jobs, the paper says.
The airline says it has lost 300,000 passengers since the tax was brought in.
‘We fly successfully from 110 airports in Europe and the crisis means even more attention is being paid to ticket prices,’ Easyjet’s CEO Andy Harrison tells the paper.
‘But the ticket tax – which is sometimes higher that our own fares – means that the Netherlands is being left behind.’
Harrison also criticises the fact that transit passengers, who account for at least half of the passengers using Schiphol, do not have to pay the tax. Making tourists pay the tax is operating ‘double standards’, he says.

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