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New “boarding tax” in Belgium to make tickets up to 10 euros more expensive

All flights out of Belgium will now be subject to the new “boarding” tax which entails an increase in the price of airline tickets of up to €10. The announcement of an “aviation” or “boarding tax” at the end of the October 2021 budget summit was initially intended to have an impact on flights from Belgian airports of less than 500 km in order to encourage alternatives such as the train, for example. The project has been negotiated so far by the current government coalition, and it should now concern all flights, Belgian news outlet La Libre Belgique reports.

In concrete terms, the tax would be 10 euros per ticket if the final destination from Belgium is located less than 500 km in bird’s eye view from the airport of departure (excluding transit).

It would be 2 euros if the final destination from Belgium (excluding transit) is more than 500 km as the crow flies but within the European Economic Area (EEA); and 4 euros outside the EEA. In other words, everyone will be affected.

This “boarding tax” is part of the broader framework of negotiations concerning the tax shift. This tax shift, of 300 million euros in 2022, must in fact be partly financed by this tax on airline tickets, up to 30 million euros.

Specifically, the tax would be 10 euros per ticket if the final destination from Belgium is located less than 500 km as the crow flies from the airport of departure (excluding transit).