Tourists to Spain face extra airport tax
Holidaymakers in Spain this summer are facing a surprise new airport tax imposed by the Spanish government as it tries to balance its books. Some airlines are passing the new departure tax on to passengers, even if they booked their flights months ago.
Some passengers have received emails telling them either to pay an extra charge of up to seven euros (£6) per person – or to cancel their flights.
Other airlines are deciding whether to absorb the cost themselves.
The budget airline Ryanair said Spain’s 2012 budget, passed into law at the end of June, obliged airlines to pay increased taxes.
Spain is implementing drastic measures to try to slash its budget deficit to 5.3% from 8.5% in 2011.
It has been promised bailout funds of up to 100bn euros for its banks, but wants to avoid a full state bailout.
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