Flight taxes lowered for inland aircraft

Widerøe plane landingWiderøe.Photo: Widerøe.com
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Flight taxes will be lowered for inland aircraft in Norway, the Ministry of Transport and Communications says.

“We will exempt the obligation to pay up to six tonnes of the weight-based initial fee. This strengthens the basis for air travel at our smallest airports,” says Transport Minister Jon Georg Dale (Frp). The purpose of the changes is to erase the basis for air travel in the districts.

Widerøe’s CEO, Stein Nilsen, is pleased with the measures, which he says are absolutely necessary to maintain many of the inland routes.

“This is a welcome relief in some of the fees, although the total tax burden will still be significantly higher than it was a few years ago,” he says.

It has also been stipulated that Sandefjord Airport AS is not required to cover costs for incoming services.

“This is a day of joy. We have worked for many years to confirm that we will not pay this fee, and it is a relief to finally have this confirmed,” says Gisle Skanse CEO at Sandefjord Airport.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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