Armenian lawmakers approve air tax preferences

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YEREVAN, December 10. /ARKA/. The National Assembly of Armenia passed Monday at the second, final reading amendments to the state duty law, which imply the introduction of air tax preferences for air companies.

The aim of this move is to lessen risks and prevent temporary closure of companies’ routs and their applications for preferences. It is required from air companies wanting to enjoy preferences to operate flights throughout the full year.

This means that if an air company wants to enter the market only in summer season and to cease flights for winter season, it can’t enjoy preferences. The air tax exemption is provided for three years with an opportunity to prolong this period for another two years.

The Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia says the passenger traffic will grow by 300,000 passengers for the first year alone.

Air tax was introduced in Armenia ten years ago. This is a fixed payment of AMD 10,000 (bout $20.9), which is included in the ticket price.

In 2014, the air tax was repealed for Shirak Airport to attract lowcost companies.

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