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Airlines apply new tax hikes on departing flight tickets in Egypt

A presidential decree issued on Thursday raised taxes to LE150 from LE100 for commercial airplane tickets, and LE400 from LE300 on first class tickets

Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Oct 2015
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Airlines operating in Egypt have started on Saturday applying a new tax hike on airline tickets, state news agency MENA reported.

A presidential decree issued on Thursday raised taxes to LE150 from LE100 for commercial airplane tickets, and LE400 from LE300 on first class tickets.

The tax hike is only imposed on international flights departing from Egypt, and excludes flights coming to Egypt as well as internal flights, Egypt's Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said in previous press statements.

The fixed sum tax on plane tickets was first imposed in 1978 under Law 46.

The government has cut subsidies and introduced new taxes, including the property tax, as part of a fiscal reform plan that Egypt embarked on last year to stem a growing budget deficit. A value-added tax is also anticipated before the end of this year.

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11-10-2015 12:28am
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Presidential decree
One would think that an “executive order” or a presidential decree would be reserved for more critical matters such as military spending freeze, limit on the number of fighter jets bought in a given year, or even a limit on how many European countries try to sell Arms to Egypt on Saudi’s credit card. But a presidential decree to add a few bucks to airline tickets? It’s funny the tax only apply to passengers leaving Egypt, as if these people don’t fly in in first place!
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