Airport taxes up another 8%

Airport taxes on flights will increase by 8% in real terms next year, meaning airlines will have to pay more to use Spanish airports.

Airline unions have rebelled against the additional increases and will take the Spanish government to court, arguing that between 2011 and 2013, airport duties have increased by 67.5%, above a legal maximum of 43% set by the EU.

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However, the Ministry of Development has defended the tax increase, saying that Spanish airports are being run at a loss, and that they are cheaper than most other EU airports, and so have more room for increase.

However, taxes on “connecting flights”, those that simply transport a passenger from one airport to another before catching their main flight, have been reduced by around 20%.

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