Airline association to take Dutch government to court over environment tax


AMSTERDAM – The Board of Airline Representatives in the Netherlands (Barin) is taking the Dutch government to court to challenge the environmental tax set to take effect July 1, an Air France-KLM spokesperson told Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.

The court case is expected to begin March 5, with Schiphol Group perhaps also slated to join, the report said.

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The Dutch government decided last year to put a environmental tax on airline tickets: 11.25 eur per flight for European destinations less than 2,500 km, and 45 eur for longer flights.

The Netherlands is the only European country to have such a tax, the paper said.