I wrote earlier this week about how, while I’m no fan of the governments departure tax, I don’t believe it can be blamed as much as it currently is for the woes in our tourism industry.
I questioned whether anyone actually knew which other countries charge a tourism tax as a way to illustrate how insignificant such a tax is when it comes to tourists deciding on where to visit.
I did some amount of web research trying to find a definitive listing of which countries charge a departure tax, but without much success. The waters are further muddied by the vast array of charges levied on air passengers (and again, probably unknowingly to most air passengers – just think DAA charges levied in Dublin as an example).
As an example, however, take the United Kingdom charges for example.
• For short-haul flights of less than 2,000 miles in economy-class – £11
• For journeys of between 2,001 miles and 4,000 miles – £45 for economy, £90 for business class and first class
• For journeys of 4,001 miles to 6,000 miles – £50 for economy and £100 for business and first class.
• For flights of more than 6,000 miles – £55 for economy and £110 for business and first class.
How do you feel now about our flat €10 tax?
If anyone can point me towards a listing of countries that charges an airport departure tax, drop me an e-mail via the Contact Page and I’ll publish the information here.