|16 September, 2019

Merkel's conservatives want to double passenger levy on domestic flights

Air passengers flying within Germany currently pay $8.14 per ticket

Passengers wait for their flights in Terminal 2, after it was temporarily closed due to a police operation, at Munich's international Airport, Germany, August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Passengers wait for their flights in Terminal 2, after it was temporarily closed due to a police operation, at Munich's international Airport, Germany, August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Reuters/Michael Dalder

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want to double a levy on domestic flight tickets, a party official said on Monday.

Air passengers flying within Germany currently pay 7.38 euros ($8.14) per ticket.

Andreas Jung, leader of the conservative faction in parliament, said connecting flights that are part of long-haul flights would be excluded from the increase.

($1 = 0.9068 euros)

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