Saturday 25 November 2017

Tax-hike solution is flight of fancy

The proposal to raise taxes for everyone is wacky even for the maverick Ryanair boss, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Last week, Ryanair announced that it was slashing 30 per cent of routes out of Frankfurt airport from next summer, with the loss of 1,000 jobs in Germany. It immediately blamed the decision by the Berlin government to introduce an €8 tourist tax.

No surprises there. That's what Ryanair always says when it has bad news to announce. Last February, it pinned the blame for job losses at Dublin airport on the Irish Government's "crazy decision to impose a €10 tourist tax".

The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, called it "tourism suicide" and urged the Government to follow the example of countries which were "welcoming tourists, not taxing them".

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