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Parliamentary questions
3 February 2006
WRITTEN QUESTION by Simon Busuttil (PPE‑DE) to the Commission

 Subject:  Air travel departure tax in Malta/discrimination between different types of transport

On 1 August 2005 the Government of Malta raised the air travel passenger departure tax from EUR 23 to EUR 46. This tax applies to all flights commencing from Malta.

Moreover, the tax increase applies to air travel services and not to maritime services (which are the only other option of travelling to and from Malta). In other words, the departure tax payable if one leaves Malta on a ship (including a cruise ship) is lower than if one leaves on board an aircraft.

Does the Commission consider that with this difference the Government of Malta appears to be favouring maritime transport at the expense of air transport and therefore discriminating between one service provider and another?

And consequently, does the Commission consider the Maltese air (departure) tax to be compatible with EU law?

 OJ C 328, 30/12/2006
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