Lufthansa has criticized Germany’s new air passenger duty tax. Photo: Courtesy, Airbus. The German government approved a highly criticized air passenger duty tax, which took effect Wednesday for bookings beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The "ecological air travel levy" was included in a package of government spending cuts introduced earlier this year by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has maintained that Berlin needs to slash spending by €80 billion ($101.5 billion) by ...

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