Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

5:00 am

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Kerry South, Fianna Fail)
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Question 120: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide an estimate of the amount of tax retained by airline companies on foot of cancelled plane tickets and or unfilled seats and if he will have the matter investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45111/10]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that airline companies are liable to air travel tax only in respect of passengers who depart on their flights from relevant Irish airports. If an airline company charges an intending passenger an amount corresponding to the air travel tax that would be payable by the airline company in respect of that person's departure and that person does not make the proposed journey, the question of a refund in respect of the amount involved is a matter between the airline company and that person.

The Revenue Commissioners have no information on the amount of money retained by airline companies in relation to cancelled journeys or unfilled seats. However, the Minister considers that where an airline has passed the cost of the air travel tax on to its customers it should refund this charge, without charging a handling fee, if the person does not travel.

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