Asia Pacific airline group opposes planned South Korean air tax

Author: AFP, Published on: 5 July 2006

An association of Asia-Pacific airlines expressed opposition to a plan by the South Korean government to levy an extra tax on air fares to raise aid money for poor countries...Reports say that South Korea is proposing to impose a tax of 1,000-won (about one US dollar) on every air passenger leaving the country in a bid to raise 15 billion won annually...The money is to be used in helping eradicate poverty in countries such as Africa...South Korea's national assembly is expected to...authorize the collection of the levy possibly from the first half of 2007...Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)...[said],... "Over-taxing aviation is counter-productive to the wider goals of promoting economic and social development and alleviating poverty."...AAPA [members include]...Korean Air [part of Hanjin Group] and Korea-based Asiana Airlines...Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.

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